If the Brooklyn Nets want to make some noise and be that dangerous team in April and May that they thought they had before Brook Lopez went down for the season after having foot surgery for the third time, they need to do a much better job rebounding the basketball. Kevin Garnett can’t play as many minutes as he used to and Andray Blatche likes to play along the perimeter frequently, which hurts his offensive rebounding opportunities, so maybe the Nets should make a move at the deadline for a guy who can rebound and is not a complete offensive waste like Reggie Evans.
This afternoon, Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Nets are interested in trading for Jordan Hill of the Los Angeles Lakers. Since being traded to the Lakers from the Houston Rockets during the 2011-12 NBA season, Hill has become a solid NBA player. This season Hill is having a career year averaging 8.5 points per game while shooting 54 percent from the field along with seven rebound per game in only 19.5 minutes per game. Hill is also shooting 64 percent from the free-throw line which is not good by any means, but extremely better than Evans who is a 53.8-percent free-throw shooter this season. Evans also tries to get fouled when he gets the ball even though the possession becomes a waste due to his terrible free-throw shooting. Hill can finish at the rim as well while Evans is shooting only 39 percent from the field and most of his attempts are right underneath the basket.
Hill would give head coach Jason Kidd another much-needed presence in the frontcourt off the bench to match up with bigger teams in the playoffs such as the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls because once the playoffs begin, the style of play becomes much more physical which is what the Nets need a little more of. If trading for Hill doesn’t cost the Nets too much, then they should definitely bring him in.