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Hill genuinely felt guilty after undergoing surgery on his troublesome ankle for the second consecutive season. He had signed a seven-year, $93 million contract with the Magic in the summer of 2000, but spent most of his time on crutches, playing a total of 18 games.

"He implied that he felt badly that we had made this huge investment in him and he had let us down," RDV Sports Chief Operating Officer John Weisbrod said Tuesday.

"That's the kind of person Grant is."

Weisbrod has a hockey upbringing, and had only seen that sort of humility from guys on the ice. He told Hill that a rebate would not be necessary.

You wonder how many teams might have taken their superstar up on his offer. The Magic demonstrated to Hill -- and other star free agents -- how they do business by living up to (and perhaps with) the gamble they took in signing him.

The Magic would not be shocked if Hill comes back to them with another rebate plan if his ankle forces him to retire next season or before his contract expires in 2007.

They might want to jump at it.

If he must retire, the Magic might be interested in changing how Grant's money is delivered to him in the remaining years. Restructuring Hill's contract would give the Magic relief in salary cap and luxury tax matters.

It is worthwhile to note that the players' union approved of Kemp forfeiting a fortune, along with a restructuring agreement. The Blazers waived him, but they will still pay Kemp about $20 million over more than 10 years.

The Magic don't want to think about life without Hill, but it's a reality. No matter how good he looks playing two-on-two these days, he might not hold up under the 82-game poundings.

Cynics could say there was nothing really noble about Hill's payback gesture.

He already has more money than he'll ever spend in his endorsement deals alone. He could live quite nicely on the salary pulled in by his wife, Tamia, a recording artist. And the club is covered for 80 percent of his salary by an insurance policy.

from espn.com

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I have so much respect for this man he takes a paycut while he can just be like Ronaldo the soccer player taking money for years when he did absolutely nothing. I have a feeling if Hill gets to be even almost as good as he used to be he will thank us so much and won't be a sell out, he knows McGrady is the man and he's going to do his best to show his experience and make Tracy a better player.
 

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Interesting article on Hill. I've always thought of him as being the closest representation to a doctor "J" . Both represent their sport with class.
 

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Another class act, with the way he is, I am sure the people in Orlando are lucky to have such a generous man when it comes to those with much less.

-Petey
 
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