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Jordan Hill
Position: F
Born: 09/27/87
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.

Jordan Hill to hit free agency?

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As the Los Angeles Lakers maneuver to free $24 million-plus of salary cap space for summer free agency, the franchise is unlikely to exercise the option on forward Jordan Hill’s contract for the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Lakers are not obligated to make a final determination on the $9 million owed on Hill’s contract before June 30, but momentum is strong that they’ll allow Hill to enter into free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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With the Lakers winning the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Jordan Hill’s time with the team could be nearing an end. The team has an option on Hill’s contract next year with the decision due before July. The Lakers can either pay him $9 million for the 2015-16 season, or render him an unrestricted free agent. The top two prospects in the draft, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, both play the same position as Hill.
Though the assumption when Jordan Hill signed a two-year deal worth $18 million last summer was that the Lakers would deal him by the trade deadline and that the second year of his contract (a team option) would not be exercised, sources have said all year that there is a distinct possibility the Lakers will, in fact, keep Hill going forward. He was one of the more productive Lakers this season, averaging 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Hill showed improved midrange touch early in the year, but tapered thereafter and still has his faults on the defensive end. The Lakers want to be active on the free-agent market, but considering the going rate for big men, front-office executives have told me the Lakers are leaning toward keeping Hill, unless they get some assurance they can land a star big man in free agency. Hill would still be a good deal at $9 million, and could be used then as a trade asset.
Given those circumstances, Sunday night’s overtime win against the ostensible rival Boston Celtics seemed like a pretty good time for some celebration. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for Los Angeles, and point guard Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 25 points to get them there. So, in his post-game interview, Lin was interrupted by Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and Carlos Boozer for some classic hijinks. Everyone seemed to have a pretty good time: Everyone except Kobe, I guess. While he wasn’t present at the game, Kobe was asked about the moment during an interview on Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It appears that he wouldn’t have had much patience for such antics (via SB Nation):
Lakers forward Jordan Hill made clear on Wednesday that he wants to remain in Los Angeles for the long-term, telling the L.A. Daily News, “I want to be here. I want to be a in a steady place I call home.” While Hill has been mentioned as a possible trade chip in the Lakers’ efforts to alter the roster going forward—his name has come up in connection with Goran Dragic of the Suns and Reggie Jackson of the Thunder—a source told Sporting News that it is, “highly unlikely,” that Hill will be traded before Thursday’s deadline. “There doesn’t seem to be anything happening there at all,” the source said.
For better or for worse, Hill’s tenuous health could complicate any effort for the Lakers to deal him leading into Thursday’s trade deadline. Otherwise, he represented one of the Lakers’ few tradable assets. Hill has posted career-highs in points (12.3), rebounds (8) and minutes played (28). His two-year, $18 million contract also appears attractive because any trading partner can decline his team option for next season. “It’s nothing I can control. Whatever happens, happens. I’ll keep on moving forward,” Hill said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “Nobody knows what will happen. No one knows who will be here. Anybody can be gone. But it’s what you sign up for.”