Lakers News: Jordan Hill Discusses Trade Rumors Before The Deadline

Lakers News: Jordan Hill Discusses Trade Rumors Before The Deadline


Just a few hours away from the NBA’s trade deadline and Los Angeles Lakers’ forward/center Jordan Hill has been one of many teammates involved in rumors.

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Hill has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and a few other teams as the Lakers are listening to offers for the 26-year-old. Before the game tonight, point guard Steve Blake was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA, Hill took questions about the rumors and gave his take on the matter:

The fourth-year player is known for his energy and rebounding, but has fallen out of favor in the rotation because of head coach Mike D’Antoni’s preference for forwards that can stretch the floor. On the season, Hill is averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in just under 20 minutes per game.

Interest for Hill has skyrocketed the past few days and the team may get some value, rather than just cap relief. If Hill is traded, the Lakers would be getting closer to getting under the luxury tax and avoiding a penalty. The Nets have been rumored to be strong candidates to land Hill, even though it would cost them $17 million in luxury tax.

Along with Hill, fellow Lakers Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman have also been rumored to be heading out of Los Angeles. Some of the teams interested in Hill are the same teams interested for Gasol and Kaman. The Lakers are currently on a four-game losing streak and an eight-game home losing streak, placing them dead last in the Western Conference. They are sellers and could make at least one more move before the 12:00 PM Pacific Time deadline tomorrow.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jordan Hill for Iman Shumpert would have been good if Shumpert didn’t injure his knee last night.But as of now Jordan Hill is on the trade block and serious offers are coming in.5 teams have been mentioned via media regarding the pursuit of Jordan Hill,if the Lakers can pry away a late first round pick for Hill that would be incredible.

    Apparently teams are reluctant to trade a first round pick nowadays since they hold so much value because the rookie contracts are fixed in salary and cheap for the first four years,with the punitive luxury tax hits teams are avoiding major spending in free agency opting to build through the draft instead.Jordan Hill is 26 years old still a young player and he puts up good numbers for the minutes consumed by Hill.Also Jordan Hill was a lottery pick selected number 8 in 2008.Tremendous value can be had by a team acquiring Hill,his contract expires.

    This is where the NBA landscape is right now,a very talented player like Hill is garnering attention but not enough to force a team to trade a first round pick.Ramon Sessions was worth a first round pick as a rental,Jordan Hill is worth 2 first round picks in that case but we will settle for one first round pick of course.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Today is the trade deadline things will happen.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers Seek 2nd Round Pick For Jordan Hill

    Feb 20, 2014 10:40 AM EST

    The Los Angeles Lakers are seeking a second round pick in their trade talks involving Jordan Hill, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Pelicans are backing out of trade talks.

    The Brooklyn Nets are also interested in Hill.

    Via Marc Stein/ESPN

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t really think it’s accurate to say that Hill has fallen out of favor with D’Antoni. D’Antoni has said that he limits Hill’s minutes because he gets really tired when he plays extended minutes because of his style of play. If he was out of favor he would have been riding the bench like Kaman, and that hasn’t been the case. MDA is known as being pretty frank about these things, so I take him at his word. He has talked about Kaman’s inability to stretch the floor, but hasn’t talked about Hill in that way.