NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Must Jump at the Chance to Nab Grant Hill

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Grant Hill #33 of the Phoenix Suns puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the otherwise shocking addition of point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers vaulted themselves to title contenders nearly overnight.

However, the work isn't done yet for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak as there's still improvements that need to be made to the 2012-13 Lakers roster.

Kupchak can start by singling out Nash's former teammate Grant Hill.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Nash will try to convince Hill to follow him to Los Angeles. If Nash can do that, then the Lakers must jump at the opportunity.

Sources told ESPN.com that Nash will try to convince longtime teammate Grant Hill, one of his closest friends in the game, to join him with the Lakers. ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher reported over the weekend the Lakers were one of four teams (along with Toronto, New York and Phoenix) in the running for Hill.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News takes that a step further and reports that Hill will decide between two options: the Lakers or retirement.

Grant Hill will either join Steve Nash and the Lakers or retire, a source close to the veteran forward told me.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 5, 2012

Hill, despite being a player who will turn 40 years old next season, is a guy the Lakers can really use.

He won't cost much money and fills a huge need at the small forward spot. Currently the Lakers sport a cast at the 3 that features Metta World Peace, Christian Eyenga and likely Devin Ebanks.

Those three players combined to average 14.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 regular season.

Hill on the other hand, despite the age, averaged 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Suns and can easily replace the production that Matt Barnes gave the Lakers.

Hill's a veteran and while he comes with health concerns, he adds depth, which is something the Lakers needed badly and he's still a guy who can produce a little bit.

With the Lakers not having much money to spend in the offseason and most younger small forwards out of their price range, Hill could be the best option left on the table.

An option Kupchak needs to act on quickly.