The motives behind the trade that sent shock waves through the San Antonio Spurs community is being questioned by at least one media member.
In his Sunday column, Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News wonders if George Hill was traded for purely financial reasons.
Lawrence questions if Hill was only traded because the Spurs didn't want to pay him more than his rookie contract after this coming season. Lawrence adds that once Tony Parker backed off his previous statements he made to the French media, the franchise deemed Hill expendable. Lawrence even questioned whether Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford was being truthful when he said trading Hill was one of the hardest days in franchise history.
"You would have thought that they had moved Duncan in his prime. General manager R.C. Buford called it "one of the most difficult nights in Spurs history since we've been here." In fact, it wasn't. As much as they liked Hill's work ethic, they had no intention of meeting his salary demands."
It should also be noted that Lawrence didn't given any kind of source whatsoever behind his idea that Hill was only a cap casualty. How much the Spurs were actively shopping Parker we may never know, but the fact remains, several media outlets reported both Parker and Hill were available for the right price.