ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Former Detroit Pistons star Grant Hill's hope of making a comeback this season may be in jeopardy.
Hill's ankle has been surgically repaired four times in the last four years, limiting him to 47 games since signing with the Orlando Magic in 2000. He underwent tests at Duke University over the weekend, and a red flag was raised during the examinations.
"After the last doctor's visit, he has thought about slowing up a little bit," Magic general manager John Gabriel said Sunday following Orlando's 107-90 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Gabriel refused to say anything definitive on whether Hill would play this season, as the six-time All Star wants. Gabriel added there would be a Monday meeting between Hill, himself and the team's medical staff to determine the best course of action.
Before the game, Hill said the examinations went well-- for the most part.
"Everything looked great. The bone looked great," said Hill, who last played Jan. 16, 2003. "I took a strength test and it was good but not perfect."
Hill suffered a stress fracture while playing for the Pistons in the 2000 playoffs. The last surgery, performed in March 2003, was the most comprehensive-- doctors broke a bone in his heel to better align the ankle.
Hill's absence is crippling the Magic.
The team has yet to put together a solid supporting cast for guard Tracy McGrady, who signed at the same time as Hill. Also, Hill's contract-- $93 million for seven years-- severely handicaps the team in signing players.
Or maybe not, at that.
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