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Lakers Trade Rumors: Buzz on Jeremy Lin and Jordan Hill as Deadline Nears

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2015

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The Los Angeles Lakers are perfect for the silver screen. 

The team is miserable. A rookie savior is hurt. So is a legend. The Western Conference is brutal. Few to no trade assets. A whopping 13 wins at the beginning of February.

This isn't Hollywood, though. 

There is no turnaround this year. Nobody thought the rebuild would be this brutal. For crying out loud, the team just trotted out a starting lineup of Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black and Robert Sacre.

With the deadline approaching, some may hope for a blockbuster deal to turn things around. That won't happen, but the team does have a few pieces it could move if the price is right.

Jeremy Lin's Market 

Jan 25, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin (17) in the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Rockets won 99-87. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Jeremy Lin is the first piece who comes to mind. 

At best, Lin is an afterthought in Los Angeles. Once thought perhaps a strong facilitator to play next to Kobe Bryant, the 26-year-old guard is now a backup on one of the league's worst teams. 

This lack of a resume-building opportunity is a major reason why Sean Deveney of Sporting News wrote the following: "He still would make a good backup point guard, and the Lakers would move him if they could get an asset in return, but the market for Lin has been weak."

Lin averages a 10.4/4.7/2.5 slash line on an average of 25.8 minutes per night. In 30 minutes on February 4 against Milwaukee, he tallied a 2-of-12 mark from the field with 11 points and six assists. That's not helping his market value.

Also not helping his value is his contract. Lin is an $8.3 million cap hit this year, per Spotrac, and if teams want him, they can wait until he hits the open market this upcoming offseason.

In a perfect world, a contender rings up the Lakers and ships something—anything—away in exchange for Lin. But this is Lin, who could help a championship pursuit as a critical role player but brings with him Linsanity and droves of attention probably not worth the distraction.

If the market for Lin develops, it likely will not happen until the last second.

Jordan Hill, the Lone Tradable Asset? 

The only player on the roster who stands a serious chance of moving before the deadline is forward Jordan Hill. 

One problem: He's injured.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski broke that particular nugget:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Lakers forward Jordan Hill has a strained hip muscle and will likely miss two weeks, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

But Deveney notes that interest in Hill around the league will not falter:

Early in the year, interested teams were told that Hill would not be available. That has not stopped the interest in Hill, who is averaging 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds, and can potentially be a free agent next summer because he has a team option in his contract. Hill is out with a quad injury and may not play until the deadline hits, but interest in him will remain high.

Hill is a strong role player when not on the Lakers. It sounds harsh, but his defensive effort is negligible at this point, and he averages just a 12.3/8.0/0.9 slash line with a 16.81 PER, according to ESPN.com

The former Arizona star will hit free agency next offseason and move on to greener pastures. By next year, he'll be 28 years old, so the odds a contender gives up assets in order to secure his rights now are not high.

For the Lakers, there is an opportunity to get something out of Hill. While it might not be significant, something is better than nothing at this point as long as it aligns with the current rebuilding plan.

If one player moves, it's Hill.

All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.

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