3:00 PM EDT, July 2, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday, Donnie Walsh made it a point to say that keeping the starting five of the Pacers intact was priority one in free agency.
It appears he's halfway to making that happen.
According to a report in the Indianapolis Star by reporter Mike Wells, the Pacers have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with starting point guard George Hill.
The Pacers cannot make the move official until the end of the league's moratorium on July 11. No confirmation of the deal have come from the team or Hill.
In his first season with the Pacers the former Broad Ripple and IUPUI star earned the starting nod over incombent starter Darren Collison towards the end of the season. Aquired in a draft night trade in 2011, Hill averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 assists per game in helping the Pacers to the second round of the playoffs.
With Hill signed the Pacers now must match a max offer made to center Roy Hibbert by the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Hibbert is a restricted free agent.
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