Lakers unlikely to exercise option on Jordan Hill

It is unlikely that the Los Angeles Lakers will bring back Center Jordan Hill according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Hill, who is owed $9 million for next season, is likely to be released by the Lakers before June 30.

Hill will likely become a free agent.
Hill will likely become a free agent.

Hill was a productive asset for the Lakers in the 2014/15 season, averaging 12 points and 7.9 rebounds in 27 minutes per game. The Lakers are looking to free up cap space, in the hopes of pursuing Kevin Love who is expected to opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other targets include LaMarcus Aldridge, Goran Dragic and David Lee (if he is released by Golden State).

Hill, who is only 27, would have a long line of suitors. In the event that the Lakers failed to lure any big names during the free agency period, it is conceivable that Hill would be brought back on a new deal. The 6’10” big man would be an exceptional complimentary piece for any contending team, and is capable of providing an option in the low post. Hill poster career highs in points and rebounds across 57 starts with the Lakers last season.

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