Bruising big man Jordan Hill has five NBA seasons under his belt, but the 26-year-old unrestricted free agent is still something of an unknown commodity. He has yet to find the right combination of fit and opportunity that allows his ceiling to be properly set.
The former lottery pick saw more than 20 minutes a night for the first time in his career last season (20.8). He set personal bests in points (9.7), rebounds (7.4) and field-goal percentage (54.9), yet he never secured a stable spot in perimeter-oriented coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation.
Hill logged more than 30 minutes in 11 different games, but on other nights, he never saw the floor. By season's end, he said he would not return to the Los Angeles Lakers if he would be stuck in a similar role.
"Of course not," Hill said, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. "Who would?"
Hill shouldn't have to worry about answering that question. D'Antoni resigned from his post, so the high-motor big man could feel a lot more comfortable with the idea of sticking around.
Yet that's just one of several possibilities facing Hill in free agency. He's shown enough already for teams to take interest, especially those who believe his game could do a lot of growing in the right setting.
The Lakers could push hard to keep him, but he'll have plenty of options to choose from.