Jordan Hill has been the subject of many discussions leading up to Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline. The Los Angeles Lakers big man hasn’t been seeing the floor as often as he’s capable of due to his shortcomings in Mike D’Antoni’s system. As the Lakers look to shed salary, Hill’s expiring contract seems like a movable piece.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans have emerged as the two most likely candidates to enlist the services of the 26-year-old forward/center. The Charlotte Bobcats and Atlanta Hawks remain interested, but are reportedly in line behind the Nets and Pelicans in terms of getting a deal done.
It would make sense that Brooklyn and New Orleans would be leading the charge to land Hill before the 3 p.m. deadline as both teams have been granted a Disabled Player Exception. While the exception would allow both teams to essentially offer nothing in return for Hill, the Lakers are looking to get something out of the deal.
As reported by Marc Stein of ESPN, the Lakers are looking to land a second round pick in a trade for Hill. Giving up Hill for a late pick would allow L.A. to accomplish both of their goals with this deal in shedding salary while also having an asset to either trade or use to help rebuild moving forward.
What it seems like a trade for Hill might come down to is which team is willing to give up that pick first. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s the Nets or Pelicans that budge first or if either team budges at all. There’s always the potential that the Lakers could back off from their pursuit of a second rounder as it gets down to crunch time, but they currently aren’t looking to just give Hill away.