Good news for the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, as forward Grant Hill exercised his player option for another year with the team. His salary is minimal at $3.2 million, but he's probably made enough on prior contracts that money wasn't really an issue for him.
In his 3rd year w/ the Suns ($3m salary), Hill helped lead Phoenix to the Western Conference Finals and within 2 wins of the NBA Finals. He routinely had the toughest defensive assignments (e.g. Roy, Bryant, Parker/Ginobili) throughout the playoffs and did a great job all things considered.
The 2010-11 season will be Grant's 4th w/ Phoenix and surprisingly at the tail-end of his career, Hill has played the most games in any 3-yr span since 95-97' when he was w/ the Detroit Pistons. Credit the Suns training staff for getting Grant back to playing shape & keeping him healthy - they have a nack for these things.
It remains to be seen how the Suns team will look next season since there are many factors up in the air - mostly Amare Stoudemire's contract & potential new NBA destination upcoming. I'm really not surprised to see Hill extend his time here w/ the Suns as I know he and Steve Nash have a great friendship and a lot of respect for each other. Playing w/ Nash is probably the main reason Grant is coming back - other teams could certainly offer him more money to compete for a championship.