Quite surprisingly, no player on the Lakers roster has been in higher demand than Jordan Hill this trade deadline. Hill, seen as an energy player who can come off the bench, has been courted by no fewer than five teams this week. What was once thought as a simple salary deep even as late as yesterday for the Lakers, now the team is looking for a second round pick for the youngster.
Last night, Ramona Shelbourne gave the names of some teams still in contention for Hill, with mostly the same faces staying on the list of interested suitors.
Sense is Brooklyn & New Orleans are leaders for Jordan Hill. Charlotte, ATL among others who've expressed interest
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 20, 2014
This morning, ESPN’s Marc Stein said the Lakers had upped their expectations for a return on Hill. What was once seen as a likely salary dump by sending Hill to Brooklyn, the team is now expecting a second rounder in return.
New wrinkle in Jordan Hill trade talks: Word is Lakers are seeking second-round pick as part of deal on top of dumping Hill's salary
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
The Lakers likely feel comfortable asking for the pick considering the high demand Hill has been in. However, considering the front runners have been Brooklyn and New Orleans, neither with a pick in the draft this year, and the Lakers may be talking themselves out of a trade. A handful of teams lurk in the background, with Atlanta and Charlotte in the background having picks to give.
Needless to say, it’ll be an interesting final few hours before the trade deadline at 3 PM Eastern, noon Pacific today.