After agreeing to a deal with Josh McRoberts, the Miami Heat are continuing the hunt to beef up their frontline as they chase free agent power forward Jordan Hill reports Mark Medina.
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.
With the Los Angles Lakers’ cap space in limbo as they wait on decisions from Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, the Miami Heat may be to swoop in and land Hill similar to the Los Angeles Clippers and Jordan Farmar.
Averaging 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game with the Lakers last season, Hill would be just want the doctor ordered for Miami. Similar to Chris Andersen, Hill would provide the Heat with energy off the bench. And while Birdman specializes in blocking shots, Hill’s niche is rebounding the ball, posting a TRB (Total Rebound Percentage) of 19 percent–the high on Miami last season was Chris Bosh at 17.1 percent. Considering the Heat posted the fourth worst total rebound percentage in the league last season, Hill would immediately improve a hole.
The real issue is money. By agreeing to a deal with Josh McRoberts by using the full mid-level exception and a deal with Danny Granger using the bi-annual exception, Hill would have to agree to minimum deal in order to join the Miami Heat. A sign-and-trade could allow Hill to make more salary on the Heat, but it’d take the Lakers agreeing to that deal to make it happen.
The Dallas Mavericks and Houston have also been reported to have interest in Hill.