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Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Discussing Jordan Hill Trade
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The Brooklyn Nets, strapped with a disabled player exception in the wake of Brook Lopez's season-ending injury, appear determined to shore up the frontcourt. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the team has been in conversation with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding power forward Jordan Hill

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2:15 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

It's about time to slam the door shut on any Jordan Hill trades, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger: 

Plenty of teams had interest, but nothing came to fruition. Fortunately, LA has plenty of money to spend on that luxury-tax bill. 

--End of update--

 

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1:45 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

So much for the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Lakers are running out of both time and options, as suitors for Jordan Hill's services are dropping like flies. Brooklyn is the team that first emerged from the rumor milll, and it was supposedly the squad to beat. 

If L.A. and the Nets can't come to an agreement, Hill may well remain in purple and gold for the rest of the season. 

--End of update--

 


UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

It seems the Lakers and Nets are dancing around and toward one another regarding Hill, per ESPN's Marc Stein:

The Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina added further context:

Apparently we've got ourselves a good ol' fashion standoff brewing. You have to wonder how much leverage the Lakers have left, knowing the Pelicans have already pulled out of negotiations.

Then again, the Nets can be impulsive, so we'll se what happens.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10:45  a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

You can scratch the New Orleans Pelicans off the list of suitors for Jordan Hill's services: 

And since Spencer Hawes is now a member of the Cavaliers, also per Wojnarowski, it seems highly unlikely that a deal will be struck between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland. 

The list grew, but now it's dwindling. 

--End of update--

 

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

The list of teams interested in Jordan Hill just keeps growing, according to ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne: 

To recap, that means that the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, new Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are all interested in the big man. 

Mitch Kupchak better have a phone charger handy. 

--End of update--

 

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8:45 a.m. ET by Adam Fromal

Wondering why the Brooklyn Nets still haven't been able to acquire Jordan Hill? Wonder no longer: 

The Nets have seemed intent to use the Disabled Player Exception they gained from the Brook Lopez injury to absorb Hill's salary. In other words, they want the Lakers to give them the long-haired big man for absolutely nothing, solely to lessen the Lakers' luxury-tax blow. 

But apparently that's not going to be enough. 

--End of update--

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 4:45 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

Add one more suitor to a list that already includes the Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers are now interested in acquiring Jordan Hill: 

Why? 

Your guess is as good as mine. Last I checked, the Cleveland roster was already inundated with big men. Meanwhile, the Suns are dropping out, per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojarowski: 

There's still a chance that Phoenix enters back into the sweepstakes, but it seems that the list is holding steady at three interested teams. 

--End of update--

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 2:50 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

More suitors have emerged for the Lakers' offensive rebounding machine, according to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin:

Where will Hill be playing after the Feb. 20 deadline? Anywhere but Los Angeles it seems.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1:50 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

It looks like we're reversing course once again. 

Despite the inevitability of a massive payroll—over $200 million, according to ESPN's Mike Mazzeo, the Brooklyn Nets are willing to proceed with the acquisition of Jordan Hill, assuming the Lakers are still on board with trading the big man: 

All that's holding this deal back is the Lakers' understandable desire to pursue all their options. It's still possible for them to find a better deal, after all. 

That said, there's no reason to doubt the potential validity of these rumors. The Nets are quite clearly willing to pull the trigger, and the Lakers might join them before too long. 

---End of update---

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1:50 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Hold up. 

According to the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina, the Lakers are unlikely to trade Hill to Brooklyn:

Although the Lakers engaged in preliminary talks about a trade that would send Jordan Hill to the Brooklyn Nets, the deal likely will not happen, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The main reason: Brooklyn would absorb a $17 million luxury tax penalty for absorbing Hill’s remaining $3.5 million on his expiring contract. Brooklyn has some flexibility considering its $5.25 million disabled player exception could be used to absorb Hill’s contract. But that doesn’t erase the luxury tax implications. The Nets would then have shelled out around $190 million in combined payroll and luxury tax.

This is what happens when you're paying as much in luxury taxes as the Nets are: seemingly realistic trade options become too expensive.

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The 26-year-old is averaging career-highs in points with 8.5, rebounds with seven and field-goal percentage at 54.1 percent, while logging a career-high 19.5 minutes per contest. 

After being drafted by the New York Knicks early in the 2009 draft, Hill was traded to the Houston Rockets, and then to the Lakers, where he's found a niche as a high-energy rebounder and defender. According to 82games.com, Hill has outproduced his opponents at both the power forward and center spots, holding centers to an effective field-goal percentage under 47.

He's outrebounded his forward opponents by four boards per 48 minutes, according to the site, and has edged centers in boarding by nearly seven per 48.

Lakers guard Steve Blake explained why he's grown to respect the big man to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

“He's a bruiser down there," Lakers point guard Steve Blake said. "He goes out there with reckless abandonment and throws his body around and he's strong. That's just the way he plays and I think he'll continue to do that."

Brooklyn has struggled to defend the center position this season, with Lopez going down early and Kevin Garnett—though still defensively impactful—not capable of logging major minutes. Per 82games, centers log a player efficiency rating of 17.3 against Brooklyn—higher than any other position. The .526 effective field-goal clip allowed to centers is tied for the highest of any position. 

Hill's opponents shoot 49 percent against him at the rim, a number that is better than four Nets frontcourt players, per NBA.com.

According to Tim Bontemps, a move for Hill would further demonstrate the Nets brass' lack of regard for any type of financial constraint the league tries to limit them by. Tacking Hill onto the payroll would run this roster's total bill—in salary and luxury tax—to an unprecedented $205 million. 

The Nets have greatly improved since the start of January, losing just six games since the calendar turned. It's clear they believe they can make a run to get into the postseason's latter stages, and acquiring a role player like Hill would certainly help the cause.

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