While some believe this might be his last season, Los Angeles Clippers forward Grant Hill stressed before Friday night’s game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena he could be back in 2013-14 for a 20th year on an NBA roster.
“There’s definitely a chance,” Hill told FOX Sports Florida. “I’m under contract for another year.”
Hill, 40, is under contract for a guaranteed $2.045 million. He’d walk away from that amount if he retired this summer.
“The end is near,” said Hill, who wouldn’t figure to play past 2013-14. “I understand and respect that I’m no spring chicken. But I’m like I’ve been for the last four or five years. It’s year to year.”
Hill, who had an injury-riddled tenure with Orlando from 2000-07 before having some productive NBA years in his late 30s, has started to think about life after basketball. Known as one of the smartest guys in the NBA, the Duke graduate should have plenty of options.
“I look forward to that life after basketball, exploring some things that I haven’t been able to do because of my career,” Hill said when asked what he’ll do whenever he retires. “There are some things in the business world, some things around basketball, some things with philanthropy and politics. Growing up in DC, (politics) has always been an interest.”
So could Hill one day run for office?
“We’ll see,” said Hill, who entered the NBA in 1994 after having won two NCAA titles. “My mom (Janet Hill) wants me to.”
Hill talked about another possibility while throwing in a jab.
“I might join the dark side and become a member of the media,” said Hill, who has a 4.3 scoring average on pace to be a career low but is still rounding into form after missing the first 38 games due to a bone bruise on his knee.
Heat forward Shane Battier, who grew up in suburban Detroit and got to meet Hill when he was with the Pistons in the 1990s, went to Duke because of Hill. Battier, who calls Hill his “hero,” offered what he thought Hill might do when he retires.
“He can do a lot of things,” Battier said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he hosted the ‘Today’ show at one point along with being a successful real-estate developer. He can do whatever he wants. The world is his oyster when he hangs it up.”
Told Hill’s mother wants him to run for office, Battier said, “He’d win.”
Regardless of what he chooses, the personable Hill should have plenty of options.
“When you walk away, it’s not easy,” Hill said. “But with that said, I look forward to it, as crazy as that sounds.”
Hill, though, though stressed retirement might not necessarily be coming this summer.