Roy Hibbert will be a restricted free agent this coming offseason after he and his agent David Falk passed on a contract extension offer from the Pacers last month.
The market for quality centers is historically one of the most competitive. With the NBA severely limited at the position, Hibbert could be a big beneficiary as DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol and Nene were in December.
If Indiana wants to retain Hibbert, an offer sheet from another team, potentially one that strikes out on Dwight Howard, could drive up his price for the cost-conscious franchise. A source close to the situation told Andrew Perna of RealGM that Hibbert could easily earn a deal with an annual value of between $9 million and $11 million based on how he plays over the remainder of the season.
He is averaging 14 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season.