Apr 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) dunks the ball as Dallas Mavericks players Samuel Dalembert (1), Shawn Marion (0), Jose Calderon (8) and Devin Harris (20) watch at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Rumors: LA keen to retain Jordan Hill

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers are a “suitor” in the pursuit of now Free Agent, Jordan Hill. Although the center enjoyed a productive year in the Purple and Gold, conference rivals, including the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets remain in contention to acquire his services for the foreseeable future.

Earlier in the year, it seemed as if Hill’s rows with (former) coach Mike D’Antoni would force him out of the Lakers organisation come the beginning of July. However with the later being the first piece to fall in a summer of transition, it appears that a once forgone conclusion may well be open for debate once again.

With fellow center, Chris Kaman seemingly absent from the future plans of the Lakers, the team’s frontcourt will need bolstering and with his trademark energy, hustle and enthusiasm, Hill remains a viable candidate for the team moving forward.

Hill averaged 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game last season.

With a consistently improving overall statline, it will be interesting to see who moves first in the duel to secure his presence in the upcoming two-week window.

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  • Lucas

    Yes. Signing Jordan Hill back is a must for the Lakers. He will be a pivotal piece to the Lakers comeback season.

    • Harry Burden

      Hi Lucas
      I, like yourself, am a big fan of Hill. His style of offence, energy and presence in the paint caused plenty of problems for other teams whilst on D last year. Whilst I doubt that his numbers would be as strong if he started 70+ games a season, his development has (and will continue to) make him one of the most valuable backup centers in the league. For the right price, retaining his services is a no-brainer in my books. However, emphasis must be placed on right price. I can picture at least one team handing him a hefty deal, a move that LA may not wish to match with the arrival of Randle and other available frontcourt FAs in ’14 and ’15. That being said, a compromise between the two parties would be fantastic if it means that he could stay with the team.
      - Harry

  • J Taylor

    Sigh….. smh…
    Why is it today that Ramona Shelborne of ESPN reported that Hill will probably not be in Purple and Gold next year?
    More Fansided misinformation.

    • Harry Burden

      Hi there
      During the window-especially with the next two weeks scheduled to be very hectic for the Lakers-one can only expect to hear plenty of reports coming from plenty of different sources. As of the time of publication, Wojnarowski (famed for his credibility) was reporting that the Lakers were in the running for his services, c. https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/483631775826984961 . We don’t make the news, we just report it to the best of our ability, trying to keep up with developments as they happen. Hence why the title is “rumors”, these articles are speculation based upon sources external to Fansided itself. If you have a problem with their information, I suggest that you route your criticism to them for giving us “misinformation” to report.
      - Harry