7:07 PM PST – According to Shelburne, the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Bobcats are now pursuing Hill. This means there are a total of seven rumored teams trying to acquire the Lakers big man, and for this reason the team wants more than just salary cap relief in return, Shelburne notes.
With just hours to go until the 2014 trade deadline, the market for Jordan Hill has suddenly exploded, and rightly so.
Hill has been a solid player for the Los Angeles Lakers over the years, and has proven himself to be a hard-nosed guy who will scrap for loose balls and, of course, offensive rebounds.
However, Hill’s talents are wasted on this 18-35 Lakers team – and it’s been reported that he’d look to leave this summer via free agency due to Mike D’Antoni being the coach – and so the Lakers have made the 26-year-old available in trade talks.
The Brooklyn Nets were the first potential suitor to surface, and they’ve apparently now been given the green light by billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov to go ahead with a deal with the Lakers.
However, according to Ken Berger from CBS Sports, the Nets are simply offering cap relief for the Lakers and no additional assets.
The Nets have a disabled player exception due to Brook Lopez’s season-ending injury and the Lakers would be able to trade Hill’s contract into the exception without having to receive any players in return. This would help the Lakers in their goal to move below the luxury tax line.
It looks like Brooklyn may need to get into a bidding war if they want to acquire Hill, though, as Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News reports that the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks also have interest in acquiring the Lakers big man.
Other teams like the Cavs could offer more than the Nets in the way of draft picks, though the Lakers would also need to take back salary in a deal with either Cleveland or Dallas.
However, the Suns are under the cap by $5 miliion, meaning they could take on Hill’s contract and simply send a draft pick back to Los Angeles. In theory, this seems like the best trade for both sides, especially as the Suns would then be able to pull off a separate trade with another team by using Emeka Okafor’s unique contract situation to their advantage.
The Atlanta Hawks are in a similar situation to the Nets as they hold a disabled player exception due to Al Horford’s injury. They too could absorb Hill’s contract without needing to send a player back to Los Angeles. However, unlike the Nets, the Hawks own their 2014 second-round draft pick.
Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles says that the Hawks have interest in Hill as well as Lakers center Chris Kaman.
Sean Deveney from Sporting News reports that Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will meet tonight to decide which direction to take before Thursday’s 12:00 PM PST trade deadline.
Deveney also reports that “it is certain something will get done” in terms of a trade before the deadline passes.
Watch this space.