Not only is Swaggy-P back, but Jordan Hill is coming back as well.
Free agent forward Jordan Hill has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Kevin Bradbury tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
Looks like we’re bringing back last year’s team. Jordan Hill signed for an $18 million dollar contract for the next two years. At $9 mil. a year, he’s worth. His length, athleticism, motor, and ability to attack the offensive glass is a rare skill set. He earned starting minutes early last season, but burned out rather quickly. Once he got consistent playing time of 20-30 minutes a game, he was very productive.
Signing Jordan Hill and Nick Young brings at least some form of chemistry from last season’s team. The Lakers now have Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, and Jordan Hill as solidified players on the roster. They may be starting next season. Robert Sacre is tough in the paint as well. Add Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, and this is a high energy team. There is length on the floor that can affect things defensively as well. Maybe this team will be more opportunistic pushing out for transition points.
Having one more year for Kobe Bryant to really heal up next season would be great as well. Hopefully Nick Young takes some of Kobe Bryant’s minutes in order for him to moderate his health throughout the season. Jordan Hill is a great veteran who can teach Julius Randle a few things, especially about how to properly use motor around the painted area without getting into too much foul trouble.
It’s great to see Jordan Hill and Julius Randle rounding off the power forward slot. Now that the Lakers are spending money, it seems that Pau Gasol is headed elsewhere. The Lakers may be open to a sign and trade for Pau Gasol, but for right now, the Lakers are building a foundation of a team. Once a franchise player can be signed within the next year or two, the Lakers will be that much closer to a championship.
Good to have you back, Jordan Hill.