Although he will have to wait for the dominoes to fall, Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent big man should be a popular target in free agency and should earn a pretty nice raise, especially with the direction the market is currently headed.
In fact, Hill is already drawing plenty of interest. According to Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News, the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets are also after Hill.
The Miami Heat have much more pressing concerns on keeping LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. But the Heat have also expressed interest in acquiring Lakers forward Jordan Hill, according to a league source familiar with the discussions.
Hill has sparked interest from other teams, including the Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. But Hill’s free agency interest has not gone beyond what one source called “dialogue” and no meetings with teams are currently scheduled.
There is a sense that Hill represents one of many NBA free agents whose future depends on how the dominoes fall surrounding where both James and Carmelo Anthony choose as their free agency destination. The Heat have also already acquired forward Josh McRoberts from Charlotte.
The Lakers would also like to hang on to Hill.
Hill was shopped at the trade deadline but obviously the Lakers didn’t see enough to pull the trigger. As a good rebounder and a solid rim protector, Hill would obviously help any of those teams and is the type of upgrade that would really help the Heat (provided the big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh return). Hill went for 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 54.9% from the field and 68.5% from the free throw line last season.