Report: Grant Hill Headed to Orlando

ByABC News
July 4, 2000, 1:14 AM

D E T R O I T, July 5 -- Goodbye, Detroit and hello, Orlando?

Thats the word from All-Star forward Grant Hill, whoacknowledged hes close to a deal with the Magic after six seasonswith the Pistons.

After house-hunting in central Florida, the free agent and his wife flewback to Michigan on Tuesday.

NBA rules prohibit free agents from signing contracts until Aug.1.

I Wish the Pistons Well

Im leaning toward signing with Orlando, Hill told DetroitNews columnist Bob Wojnowski on a flight from Orlando to Detroit onTuesday. Well, its not 100 percent, but its close.

I know people will be upset, but I felt I did everything Icould do here, Hill said. I love Detroit. I enjoy the people.This is just a golden opportunity, for basketball reasons.

I wish the Pistons well, I really do.

Joe Dumars, who became the Pistons president for basketballoperations last month, had re-signing Hill as his first and biggestjob.

I cant comment until I talk with Grant, Dumars told theDetroit Free Press.

All-Star Seeks a Winning Team

The Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday quoted two NBA sources as sayingHill was preparing to sign with Orlando.

Magic General Manager John Gabriel said he knew nothing of thedecision.

Hill has spent his entire NBA career with Detroit, and thePistons reached the playoffs in four of his six seasons, but havenever won a series. Last season, he averaged 25.8 points,third-best in the NBA.

Enjoying Orlando

When asked Monday night outside his resort-area hotel, Hill onlysaid that he and his wife, Tamia, had an enjoyable time in Orlando.

It was hot. I can tell you that very hot, Hill said beforegetting into a limousine to go to dinner. But I dont have muchelse I can say. Id like to keep it to myself for now. Hope youunderstand. Well talk about it later.