On Monday afternoon, a report surfaced that the Brooklyn Nets were attempting to trade for Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Jordan Hill.
The Nets would use their Disabled Player Exception they were award because of center Brook Lopez’s foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. In essence, the Nets be using the exception to help replace some of Lopez’s production in the front court.
However, because of the luxury tax, taking on Hill’s expiring contract that is worth just $3.5 million would cost the Nets around $17 million.
The Lakers would like to continue to acquire future assets as they attempt to rebuild, but would like to trade Hill for another reason, too.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Hill likely won’t re-sign with the Lakers.
Hill, 26, has never been a favorite of Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and struggled to find minutes in his system. It is doubtful that Hill would re-sign with the Lakers as a free-agent this summer with D’Antoni still the coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hill is averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on the season.