Lakers Rumors: Grant Hill Is an Ideal Fit for the Lakers

Kevin Abblitt@kevinabblittCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2012

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There is no denying it, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t getting any younger. Leaning in the direction of fresh legs? Not exactly.

The latest rumors that have leaked onto the LA city streets are that the Lakers are intrigued by the timeless wonder, Grant Hill.

Hill is no spring chicken. With the addition of him, the Lakers might as well be grandparents to the recent draft class.

Grandpa Kobe? 

Since D12 has yet to escape the slums of Orlando, the Lakers claimed arguably the biggest offseason splash in Steve Nash. Nash’s presence should alleviate much of the pressing stress off of No. 24’s shoulders.

With Howard’s selfishness emerging as the metaphorical dam between him and a future home, the Lakers have begun to matriculate away from the headlining act. 

The Lakers are in dire need of upgrading their bench, and the 39-year-old Hill would do just that. He is the ideal team player and would help generate some assistance to Kobe as another veteran shooter that can knock down the big shot.

That isn't to say he would be stealing Kobe's thunder. Apart from the shaky shot of Metta World Peace, the Lakers are simply depleted in the three department.

Over his illustrious 17-year-career, Hill has shown that he can stroke it just about from any spot around the perimeter. However, Hill did show aging signs last season as his ailing injuries limited him to 49 games in which he connected on just 14 of 53 buckets from downtown.  

After seeing his relationship squander with Nash, the decision to retire began to loom. But now he has the opportunity to reinvent his injury-plagued career and jump into the reserve role, rekindle his friendship, and be a part of a winning team. 

The drive to win a championship is overwhelming. Since his decorated years at Duke, Hill has yet to claim an NBA ring. 

The chance for one final run at a championship is a critical ingredient that will compel him to join forces with the purple and gold.

Kobe aside, his eagerness to win and tenacious style of play will bode well for a team that lacked ferocity down the playoff stretch. Maybe he could give Pau Gasol a few pointers. 

Physically, he does not possess the same level of speed nor lateral agility as he used to. He may be a liability when it comes to defending the youth on the court, but where he is an asset comes from the tangibles he brings.

Hill maintains a professional work ethic, determination and uncharted passion on every play. These are tangibles that come with experience and have lead him to such a lengthy career.   

People may question his age and injuries, but the Lakers would only benefit from having him on their roster as a solid bench scorer.