Here’s the first Lakers rumor of the week.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets have had discussions centered around a trade that would send Jordan Hill to the East Coast.
It’s unclear what the Lakers would receive in return seeing as the Nets could absorb Hill’s contract without sending out a player due the $5.25 million disabled player exception that they currently possess.
It seems possible that the Nets could offer a second-round pick for Hill, though a first would likely be pushing it as the 26-year-old is set to become a free agent this summer.
Hill’s pending free agency could be one reason the Lakers are open to moving him.
Wojnarowski says it’s “doubtful” Hill would re-sign with the Lakers this coming summer due to Mike D’Antoni being the team’s head coach.
The Lakers may also be motivated to move Hill as it would bring them ever closer to moving under the luxury tax line. The purple and gold could move under the line by trading Hill and either Steve Blake or Chris Kaman. All three players are set to become free agents this summer.
However, Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles cautions that talks with the Nets were purely preliminary and no deal is on the table at this moment in time.
Shelburne also notes that the Lakers are currently having “lots of discussions,” so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see them pull of a move or two before the trade deadline on Thursday.