Almost two weeks after reaching an agreement on a deal, the Los Angeles Lakers have officially re-signed free agent big man Jordan Hill, according to a statement released by general manager Mitch Kupchak.
As they planned to use Hill’s Bird rights to re-sign the 26-year-old, the team had to delay the official inking of his new deal due to salary cap purposes.
“Jordan has been a consistent contributor for us over the last three seasons and we are pleased to keep him in the Laker family,” said Kupchak. “Jordan’s frontcourt versatility is a benefit to our roster and his on-court work ethic is something we value on our team. We hope he’ll continue to work hard and develop as an NBA player.”
Hill’s deal is for two-years and $18 million, according to multiple reports, and features a team option in the second year which will allow the team to maintain flexibility heading into the 2015 offseason.
While it’s a small sample size (nine games) Hill averaged 16.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 28.8 minutes per game as the starting center last year, a role that he will likely assume this coming season.
It appears that Kobe Bryant was somewhat pushing the Lakers to re-sign Hill, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, who says that Bryant has “long been an advocate to re-signing him.”
Due to Hill having a team option in the second year of his deal, the Arizona product will hold an implicit no-trade clause this coming season which means the franchise would need Hill’s consent if they decide to trade him to another team.