Although they would take a big hit in terms of the luxury tax, the Brooklyn Nets are willing to take on salary if it means they can improve their team enough to make a lengthy run in the postseason.
On Wednesday, a report surfaced that the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers were progressing on a deal that would send Hill to the Nets for their Disabled Players’ Exception, which they were awarded because of center Brook Lopez’s foot injury and subsequent season ending surgery.
However, according to Sam Amick of the USA Today, the Lakers are asking too much for Hill.
But according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Lakers are now asking for a second-round pick in the deal and it’s safe to say the Nets don’t see that as a fair deal. What’s more, the sheer cost of doing that deal is still giving the Nets reason to pause.
Often times, teams that are moving a player like Hill in order to help get them under the increasingly-restrictive luxury tax will offer a pick in addition to the player. The fact that the opposite is being requested in this scenario has only complicated what was already a daunting situation for the Nets.
The New Orleans Pelicans have apparently pulled out of the race for Hill, but the Nets, along with the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, are still interested.
Hill has had a fine season for the struggling Lakers, averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game