Wells: 'My personal feeling is I think Roy (Hibbert) will be in Portland next season'
, the Pacers beat writer for the Indianapolis Star, was on The Sports Insider with Brian Berger
this morning on 750 AM The Game to discuss Roy Hibbert and the max contract the Portland Trail Blazers reportedly offered, in principle, over the weekend.
Toward the end of the interview, which you can and should listen to in it's entirety here
, Berger asks Wells to give his opinion on the likelihood of the Pacers matching the offer. Here is the response:
Wells: Let's just say there's a good chance Big Roy will be hanging out at the Nike Employee Store next season.
Berger: Why do you say that?
Wells: I just feel like $14 million, almost $15 million a year, I just look at it from the Pacers standpoint. I don't think they want to go that far with him. Obviously if they really wanted Roy they could have started at about $14 million but instead their offer was lower than that. That's why I don't think they're going to match it.
Berger: So you think Hibbert will be a Trail Blazer this season?
Wells: My personal feeling is I think Roy will be in Portland next season.
For what it's worth, Bob Kravitz, a sports columnist, also at the Indianapolis Star, said on "The BFT With John Canzano" today that there's a "80 to 90 percent chance
" the Pacers match.