Free-agent-to-be Jordan Hill only open to Lakers return if role changes next season


Jordan Hill has been a victim of The Mike D’Antoni System this season.

When on the court, Hill has been productive – he recorded 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks in 29 minutes of play just last night against the Sacramento Kings – though he hasn’t received constant minutes from the head coach. The 26-year-old even went through an eight-game stretch last month where he didn’t see one second of action.

For these reasons, Hill, a free agent this summer, obviously isn’t willing to re-sign with the Lakers unless there are some considerable changes next season.

“Of course not,” Hill said when asked if he’d re-sign for more of the same next year, according to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times. “Who would?”

D’Antoni’s future is currently in jeopardy in Los Angeles, though the coach is set to receive a guaranteed salary from the Lakers next season, so it’s obviously plausible that he could be coaching the team next year, too.

Hill doesn’t appear to resent D’Antoni, so there’s a chance that he could re-sign if the Lakers promise him a decent role and consistent minutes.

However, as we discovered at the trade deadline, there are a number of teams out there who are interested in Hill’s services, so don’t be surprised if the big man receives – and accepts – a decent offer from a playoff team this summer.

Written by Ross Pickering

Ross Pickering is the founder of He's here to bring you daily updates on your Los Angeles Lakers, despite living 5,485 miles away from L.A. in England. You can follow him on Twitter: @RossPickering