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Hill Headed To Magic Kingdom

All-Star Grant Hill said Friday that he will sign with the Orlando Magic.

"This is probably one of the hardest decisions I've had to make," the former Detroit Pistons star told Detroit radio station WDFN. "In my heart, I wanted to stay, I really did, but I decided this was the route that I wanted to go."

The Magic offered the free agent $67.5 million for six years, the most allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

"I was leaning there, and that's why I visited there, and that's why I didn't visit anyplace else," Hill said.

"Ultimately it's just a good fit, and it wasn't about going down there and seeing Mickey Mouse. To me, I've always been impressed with the team and that organization, and it's a place where, if I was to leave Detroit, that's where I wanted to go."

The decision came amid a heightened courtship of Hill, in which the New York Knicks flew their management team to Detroit to meet with him and the Pistons urged him to re-sign.

"I still heard out other teams, and I still heard what they had to say," Hill said. "But at the end of the day, this is the decision I made and the decision I'm comfortable with."

Pistons executive Joe Dumars said he met with Hill on Thursday, two days after the five-time All-Star returned from a house-hunting trip to Florida.

"We had a very good conversation," Dumars said. "I wished him well, and we both expressed some sorriness about the situation."

Hill became a free agent last Saturday, but cannot sign a contract until Aug. 1.

He visited Orlando with San Antonio center-forward Tim Duncan.

"There's no guarantee first of all that Tim Duncan's going there, and I understand that," Hill said. "He's got a tough decision to make."

Hill has spent his entire career with Detroit. He averaged 25.8 points last season, third-best in the NBA.

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