Most people would be pretty stoked about getting a voicemail from the legendary Larry Bird, but not if he’s your boss. Or at least was your boss as former Indiana Pacers guard George Hill found out when he listened to his own voicemails. There was one on there from Bird telling him he had been traded to the Utah Jazz.
Hill was traded to the Jazz in June in a three-way trade that also included the Atlanta Hawks. The trade made Jeff Teague the new starting point guard in Indiana while the Hawks got the No. 12 pick in the NBA Draft. The move was made quickly and it sounds like it was a little too fast for Hill’s liking.
Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports wrote, “After a workout, Hill first learned he was traded when he listened to a voicemail from Pacers President Larry Bird saying, ‘We had to trade you to Utah.'”
Hill told reporters, per Agness, “It came as a surprise. Last time I checked, I was supposed to retire from Indiana. Very surprising, but I know this is a business and anything can happen.”
That’s a brutal way to learn you’re going to have to uproot your life and move to Salt Lake City or somewhere around it. But life in the NBA is not always fair or logical.
[h/t Bleacher Report]