In an effort to bolster their backcourt situation, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expressing interest in a trade for Sacramento Kings guard George Hill, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cleveland has emerged as an interested suitor, with the Cavaliers pursuing Hill to potentially slide into a dual-guard role, starting at either backcourt position or playing as a reserve, league sources said.
Hill, 31, joined the Kings on a three-year, $57 million deal in July, but the franchise has transitioned toward a youth movement and has made clear to Hill and other veterans that the plan will be to play the young core moving forward. Sacramento has given primary point-guard duties to No. 5 overall pick De’Aaron Fox for the second half of the season.
In 37 games this season, Hill has averaged 10.5 points, three rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 45.6 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 assists for Utah a season ago.
The Cavaliers are 27-17 this season after defeating Orlando 104-103 on Thursday night after losing eight of their previous 10 games.
Hill spent his first three seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, who moved him to the Indiana Pacers in a deal for Kawhi Leonard on draft night in 2011. He joined the Utah Jazz from Indiana as part of a three-team trade in 2016. In his nine seasons before this one, Hill has been part of the Spurs’ culture under Gregg Popovich, deep postseason runs with the Pacers and a run to the Western Conference semifinals with the Jazz.
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