Grant Hill Is Suns First Free Agent Priority

Apparently, re-signing Grant Hill is the first order of business for Lon Babby and the first phone call placed this morning when contact was allowed with agents (7am this morning).

I expect the next call was to Nash's agent, so they can give Grant an answer to his first question "Is Steve going to be here the whole time I'm signed?"

Plus, lots of other tidbits from Coro as well... hit that link!

Portrait of focused Nash and Hill designed to invoke excitement amongst the readers. Amongst? or Among? HM (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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And while I am in the mood to give thanks, I would like to introduce to the masses our two newest "Official Writers:"

  • You know the man as very tall, like insanely tall, and a lover of those crappy mid 90's jerseys (yeah I said it. Hated them.) He's most likely one Gortat injury away from getting a shot at the starting center job on the Suns...Oh and he's an excellent, knowledgeable writer and all-around nice kid: 7-Footer!!!!! So, like can you dunk?
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Grant Hill, still awesome

Guess what today is, NBA fans? It's July 1, the beginning of the annual NBA free agent bonanza, extravaganzapoloza! Today is actually the last day of November but it might as well be the middle of summer. It is the day when NBA teams can break their lockout imposed hibernation and start talking to people and even sports agents too.

Today is the start of the 2011 NBA Free Agency period and we have a list of all the available free agents ranked in order of their awesomeness and guess where Grant Hill falls on that list (hint: still awesome).

Officially, nothing can be agreed to and supposedly teams and agents aren't even supposed to come to verbal, let alone handshake deals on the many free agents out there looking for jobs. Yeah, right. What's really going to happen (probably) is that GMs and agents are going to talk, nod, wink, argue, nod again, and then leak their alleged deals to Twitter.

This won't be like last summer with the LeBron and Amare fiasco. This time there's going to be teams like Denver and New Orleans who have a lot of money to spend and a lot of jobs to fill with a list of guys looking for jobs. It's like dating but with (mostly) old white guys and (mostly) young athletic guys. The fine folks at the Syracuse basketball program know all about how this works (Yes, I went there. Get over it).

There is a twist this year because of the new CBA that's going make for a lot of interesting trade activity at the top of the food chain. Guys like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard aren't going to wait around until 2012 to become free agents. They are likely going to be traded before January.

This hurts the Suns who have cap space in 2012. I'll be writing more about that later in the day after I take a shower and wash off the stink of that horrible Syracuse joke.

In the mean time, here's a VERY comprehensive list of the available free agents, including Mr. Grant Hill who ranks 15th.

Top NBA Free Agents Of 2011: A Delectable Class Of Players Awaits -

15. GRANT HILL Small forward, 39 years old, 6'8 Unrestricted free agent 2011 stats: 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 minutes per game; 14.7 PER Grant Hill will play 30 minutes of tough defense, efficienct offense and cuddy smiles through the age of 56, whether you like it or not.

Check it out and strap yourself in (or on) for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

No one wanted a shortened season. Not the players, not the owners, not the fans, not even David Stern. In an ideal world, those 149 days that made up the NBA lockout would have been filled with free...

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I don't blame you, Earl. It's not pretty.

Hiddy ho, ya'll. The Wicked Witch of the East is DEAD. The lockout is over! Sanity has returned to the...well, let's not go too far. There's a damn good chance Nene is going to get a max contract and teams are going to be dying to out-bid each other for the services of Jamal Crawford.

I love me some JC, but if he gets more than the new MLE ($20m) than the system is still busted.

What are the odds of that happening? Far better than the odds of the Phoenix Suns winning an NBA Championship (75/1) and much better than the Suns chances of winning the Western Conference (30/1).

Them there are some long odds but that's really not surprise considering:

  • The Suns head into an abbreviated training camp with serious depth questions at point guard (thanks, Lon Babby for the Dragic + 1st rd pick for Brooks trade that keeps on giving);
  • Jared Dudley is the projected starting two guard and the teams best individual shot creator;
  • questions surrounding Josh Childress' ability to spread the floor;
  • answers about Josh Childress' ability to spread the floor;
  • Marcin Gortat might have added a post game (I'll believe it when I see it);
  • Robin Lopez;
  • and Grant Hill is a free agent who will either leave or come back and be the team's best defender at age 39

So, yeah, it's possible the Suns will defy those odds like they did in 2009-10 when the Nash, Amare, JRich, Hill, Frye, Dudley, Lopez, Dragic, and Amundson group gelled in a special way and got to the WCF. But it's pretty hard to be as optimistic about Nash, Hill, Frye, Gortat, Dudley, Morris, Childress, Pietrus, and friends.

Maybe Babby has a trick up his sleeve that will flip Vince Carter for James Harden or something equally spectacular and unforeseen.

If you believe that, I suggest you truck on up to Vegas and put down some money on this team. Your faith certainly would be rewarded if those suns and stars and moons align.

Full NBA and WC odds (via Bodog) after the jump:

Odds to win 2012 NBA Championship
Miami Heat 9/4
Los Angeles Lakers 5/1
Chicago Bulls 7/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 15/2
Dallas Mavericks 17/2
Boston Celtics 12/1
New York Knicks 20/1
Orlando Magic 22/1
Memphis Grizzlies 25/1
San Antonio Spurs 25/1
Portland Trailblazers 30/1
Atlanta Hawks 50/1
Los Angeles Clippers 50/1
Denver Nuggets 75/1
Houston Rockets 75/1
New Jersey Nets 75/1
Phoenix Suns 75/1
Utah Jazz 75/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
New Orleans Hornets 100/1
Philadelphia 76ers 100/1
Detroit Pistons 125/1
Golden State Warriors 125/1
Charlotte Bobcats 150/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 150/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Sacramento Kings 150/1
Washington Wizards 150/1
Toronto Raptors 200/1

Odds to win 2012 NBA Western Conference Championship
Los Angeles Lakers 2/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 13/4
Dallas Mavericks 4/1
Portland Trailblazers 10/1
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Memphis Grizzlies 15/1
Los Angeles Clippers 20/1
Denver Nuggets 25/1
Houston Rockets 25/1
New Orleans Hornets 30/1
Phoenix Suns 30/1
Utah Jazz 35/1
Golden State Warriors 40/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 60/1
Sacramento Kings 60/1

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