Hill stays in team’s sights

Marc J. Spears – Globe Staff

Although New York and Phoenix can offer more money, the agent for free agent Grant Hill says the Celtics are still in the mix for his client’s services.Agent Lon Babby said via e-mail yesterday that Boston, New York, and Phoenix are contenders to sign the 36-year-old forward and a decision is expected soon. The Celtics, however, could offer the least amount of money of the three with their $1.9 million biannual exception.

The Arizona Republic has reported the Knicks have offered Hill a three-year contract paying close to $10 million or a one-year, $5 million contract, while the payroll-concerned Suns still could use a portion of their $5.8 midlevel exception. The Suns and Knicks can also offer a starting spot, which the Celtics can’t.

“We’re strongly considering him and we’d like for him to come play for us,’’ Celtics president Danny Ainge said. “He has a lot of options.’’

Hill averaged 12 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while starting in 68 games for Phoenix last season.


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