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Lakers Compete with Timberwolves to Sign Free Agent Jordan Hill

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Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have added veteran forward Antawn Jamison to the bench with a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, the attention has turned to free agent Jordan Hill. With the Lakers presumably the frontrunner to sign Hill, the consensus has been that it was simply a matter of time before he’d sign with the team.

According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune via Twitter, the Lakers will have some stiff competition to re-sign Hill from the Minnesota Timberwolves:

As arguably the team’s best option left in free agency, Hill is definitely a must-sign situation. With Hill proving his worth to the team during the NBA playoffs, the Lakers were impressed with the young forward’s ability to be a double threat consistently. Hill’s rebounding and scoring was a big factor in the Lakers’ dominance in the frontcourt late in the regular season and during the playoffs.

The addition of Jamison definitely gives the Lakers some wiggle room if Los Angeles is unable to re-sign Hill. Even though Jamison is able to play the three and four spots off the bench, Hill is a long-term option for the Lakers at 24 years-old.

Locking up the young forward to a long-term deal will make the Lakers that much better in the frontcourt next season and will help secure the future. The talks with Hill on a new deal have been ongoing since the start of NBA free agency, but with the Timberwolves seemingly unable to sign Nicolas Batum the team might make an aggressive push for Hill.

The Lakers are reportedly ready to offer Hill a new contract of $3.6 million annually for up to five years. Not a bad deal from a team extremely limited in free agency, but it may be an offer the T’Wolves will top.

Last season, Hill averaged 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Hill’s numbers improving in the rebounding category during the playoffs to 6.3 rebounds per game. It became clear that with more time on the floor Hill was much improved and showed signs of promise as a frontcourt backup for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

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  • Radeoactiv

    Why doesn’t Kupchak and the lakers’ staff sign shannon brown who is still left on the market?  We could bring him back for a decent price and he averages just as much as courtney lee, as well as his quickness and range. Plus, KB24 needs to rest his knees for the 82 game season returning.

    • gggggg

      he has signed with Bulls

    • bryan

      he slept with gasol’s wife

  • Radeoactiv

    Why doesn’t Kupchak and the lakers’ staff sign shannon brown who is still left on the market?  We could bring him back for a decent price and he averages just as much as courtney lee, as well as his quickness and range. Plus, KB24 needs to rest his knees for the 82 game season returning.

  • wolvesnation23

    The wolves have alot of money to spend since the nicholas batum deal didnt happen….. it would be very hard to compete with them from a money stand point if they truly want him. We will see what happens.As far as the dwoght thing … riddle me this why would you want to trade away bynum who is younger and also is the 2nd best center in the league?? also dwight is coming off of back surgery is it really worth it ?? you have nash,kobe,pau,bynum,now jamison, metta,blake….. what im trying to get at is you guys are fine if anything you should explore younger guard play so you can run with teams like the HEAT and OKC. lol

    • Mrtrillbill

      3 WORDS PICK AND ROLL DEFENSE..DWIGHT IS THE MISSING PIECE..WE NEED HIM!!

      • MRTRILLBILL

        Odds of winning with D12? check this out SN poll: Who would have the better Big 3? MIA 34% LAL 66%..SAYS IT ALL

  • vaev

    Sign Hill and win

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000006426475 Montely Wilson

    D12 will be as unhappy as a Laker as Bynum has been because he will not be getting the touches he is used too! Plus, if he is on in the first half as Bynum has been, when it come KB24 time it’s a wrap. Lakers wont see another championship as long as they play that way.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HTVFLJYUPF76NT6SJY26SMUGBQ BOXxxxXO_O

    Damn Celtic steals Courtnety Lee…Get it done Mitch! I say the Coward Drama!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H3OBHVXD33WQCUMHUJCV6UTIPY Dillo

    if we cant sign Hill back let’s go after Andray Blatche and whip his ass back in shape maybe his attitude will change playing for a winning team he’s just 25 and can play the 3,4,and 5 spot he can really help us with  bench points also but is Blatche and Jamison the same type of player ?

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