7-time All-Star Hill to remain with Suns

BY foxsports • July 10, 2009

Grant Hill is staying with the Phoenix Suns.

Hill decided to remain in Phoenix on Friday, rather than join a title contender in Boston or a rebuilding team in New York.

Lon Babby, Hill's agent, said during a conference call that the deal is for two years, the second at Hill's option, and he will be paid $3 million in the first year. He could have earned more next season in New York, where Babby said the Knicks offered the full midlevel exception, about $5.8 million, for one year or $10 million for three.

The Celtics and Knicks both provided the chance for Hill to reunite with former coaches: Doc Rivers in Boston and Mike D'Antoni in New York. The Celtics had under $2 million to offer and couldn't guarantee Hill a starting spot, but Babby said all three teams were willing to give Hill everything he asked for.

"I will say this. He thought long and hard about the alternatives. He did not come to this decision easily or lightly," Babby said. "The places had a lot to offer and very different things to offer and that's what made it challenging for us to work our way through this."

Hill has played the last two years for the Suns and averaged 12 points in 2008-09 while playing in all 82 games for the first time in his 14-year career. Though Phoenix missed the playoffs last season, traded Shaquille O'Neal and listened to offers for Amare Stoudemire, Babby said Hill expects Stoudemire to remain in Phoenix next year.

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