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February 18, 2015 Updates

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. Sporting News

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Indiana Pacers have maintained a consistent interest with Dragic, and their need for a point guard – and ability to be a contender with the return of Paul George – makes them a destination Dragic could possibly OK, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

February 17, 2015 Updates

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Indiana Pacers are also a possible destination for Dragic, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Bill Duffy, agent for Dragic, offered a list of teams that they would prefer to be traded, including the Lakers, league source tells Yahoo. The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks are among preferred destinations for Goran Dragic, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are known to be among the teams pursuing him, and that list of serious suitors is believed to be seven or eight teams long. Any team that trades for Dragic would certainly want to know whether he's willing to sign with them this summer before doing a deal, as the prospect of giving up the necessary assets only to lose him in the summertime is certainly not tenable. Dragic would strongly prefer to play for a playoff contender. USA Today Sports

“I want to be here,” Hill said. “I want to be a in a steady place I call home.” Los Angeles Daily News

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.” Los Angeles Daily News

Sam Amick: For all the focus on what team execs want this time of year, don't forget that 'tis the season for players eyeing greener pastures too. As such, we have Suns' Miles Plumlee, who has drawn interest from Knicks & Lakers. Reluctance to take on $ for next year, but only $2.1 mil Twitter @sam_amick

February 16, 2015 Updates

Hence, Lin faces uncertainty heading into Thursday’s trade deadline. But two problems emerge. His play with the Lakers has diminished his trade value. NBA teams also could consider Lin’s expiring contract, worth $14.9 million, too burdensome. “I’ve been in cut rumors and trade rumors for a long time. So I’m not worried about it.” Lin told the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “It’s just my [Christian] faith. God uses everything for good. That gives me the comfort I need.” Los Angeles Daily News

Was there any other team than Phoenix that was close to getting you? I got traded to the Lakers one day [in 1992] and they retracted the deal. No way. Yeah. The Sixers backed out. It was going crazy for two weeks so I knew it would come down to Portland, [the] Lakers or Phoenix. So I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, “Philly has traded you to the Lakers.” So I went to lunch and started drinking. I’m f---ing so excited that I am going to the Lakers. Three hours later I get a f---ing phone call from my agent saying that the Sixers backed out of the deal. I said, “Oh, s--t, I’m feeling pretty good right now.” So I went out and played that night. Sports Illustrated

February 15, 2015 Updates
February 4, 2015 Updates

Gibson’s name has been connected to much of the league over the last few months, from Los Angeles to Toronto to Phoenix to Detroit to Portland. In recent weeks, he has not played with the type of energy for which he has been known, and there has been speculation that he is frustrated with the addition of Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol (though his playing time has not changed much). Gibson still has two years and $17.4 million on his deal, which is a problem in moving him. Sporting News

While there has been nothing serious in terms of deals that have been close, as the Suns’ hold on a playoff spot in the West slips away, there is a sense that they’ll need to pull the trigger on something that can bring in the kind of perimeter-shooting big man they lost when Channing Frye left in free agency. Gerald Green (a free agent) is a trade possibility, but Dragic (also a free agent) would net a better return. The Lakers have wanted Dragic all year, but don’t have much to offer. Sporting News

 

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