Mike Tokito just tweeted that in the face of Portland's offer to Hibbert that Indiana could just extend Hibbert. Two questions on this:
1) Can Hibbert be extended now? My understanding is an extension for a rookie contract must occur during the third year of the agreement. We're now in the fourth year of Hibbert's if I understand this correctly (the contract years change July 1, right?), so my understanding is it is too late for Indiana to pull a Hill on Hibbert.
2) Assuming for a moment that Hibbert could be extended, could he be extended and still traded to Portland? Larry Coon's FAQ says:
A player cannot be traded in an extend-and-trade after the season (for example, on draft day) in the last season of his contract, or in any season that might be the last season due to an option or ETO.
Does being an RFA count as a situation where a player "might be in the last season"?