As the NBA trade deadline approaches, there have been some reports that the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers have discussed a potential trade for reserve center Jordan Hill.
The Nets are interested in Hill’s energy and the spark he could provide the team on the defensive side of the court, so they are interested in using the disabled player exemption they got for Brook Lopez in a potential deal to take on Hill’s salary.
From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions on a deal to send forward Jordan Hill to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Nets have a $5.25 million disabled player exception that they can use in a trade or free-agent transaction until March 10, and could use a portion to absorb the remaining $3.5 million on Hill’s expiring contract.
If you need any proof that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to spend to improve the team, look no further than this potential move.
Hill’s $3.5 million salary would equal $17 million in taxes, and for a team that is already over the luxury tax line it is a very expensive move to make to bring in a player that will be contributing off the bench.