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Will Grant Hill join Steve Nash in Los Angeles?

Jul 5, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

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Could Grant Hill follow Steve Nash to Hollywood? Can you picture him coming off the bench for he Los Angeles Lakers?

Maybe. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (and NBC SportsTalk regular) tweeted this recently:

Grant Hill will either join Steve Nash and the Lakers or retire, a source close to the veteran forward told me.

Hill, at age 39, is certainly on the back end of his career but can still contribute. Last season he gave the Suns a solid 28 minutes and 10.2 points per game.

The Lakers have the mini mid-level exception left ($3 million a year) and certainly went into a win-now mode by agreeing to trade for Nash. They have propped open a championship window that seemed to be closing.

The question is do they need Hill as a backup swingman or do they need to use that money to secure a quality backup point guard to keep Nash’s minutes down? Also, who can they get for their money right now?

Just something to watch. Hill may retire, but you know the Lakers will at least consider this.

  1. raidmagic - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Not sure if the Lakers would do it but I can’t see any reason Hill shouldn’t. Everyone wants that last shot at a ring

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Why not? It’s going to be an exception for less than $2M. He will want to join them.

    • florida727 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Wouldn’t surprise me if this happened. He may be 39, but because of his injuries, he doesn’t have the wear-and-tear on his body that a guy 39 would normally have. Now that’s he’s healthy, I’d bet he could pretty easily compete with the guys in their mid-20’s. I hope he pulls it off. I don’t know him personally, but he’s always come across as one of the genuine “good guys” in sports. Easy to root for a guy like Grant Hill.

  2. hwatt - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    DAG he’s still in the league… shocks me every time i hear it

  3. hpeters77 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Are the lakers trying to be the oldest team in the league

    • icu84bs - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Up until last year, the previous 10 or more championship teams were in the top three oldest teams in the NBA. Age = experience, not necessarily a bad thing.

  4. tigers182 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Hope there’s pleanty of iHop’s in LA.

  5. redblue560 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Remember the time when the Lakers where perceived to be a strong team to win the championship, Karl Malone and Gary Payton jumped ship to the Lakers for veterans minimum, only to go bust with all the talent on the bench, loose to Detroit Pistons for the championship.

    If Grant Hill joins, I hope history does not repeat itself.

    • rexgrossman8 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      That was Kobe’s finest playoff run. He took over every series. Unfortunately the in fighting caught up during the finals and it showed.

      These Lakers need more depth off the bench. If they trade Bynum and Metta for Howard…the starting 5 looks nice in a video game but dont how that will translate live.

      Regular season record doesn’t mean much so long as their in the tourney…

      • loungefly74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        the bench is very important, you are right…but stars win rings. we all thought OKC’s bench gave them a huge advantage against the heat in the finals…and we saw what really happened…stars ruled the roost.

  6. bchapman2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Hill will either play for the Lakers or retire? That is a dumb comment. Retiring is not in the cards for Hill. He jusfinished getting the same knee procedure as Kobe in Germany. That procedurd is intended to prolong a players career, not improve quality of life after BBALL.

  7. andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Did the Lakers somehow build a time machine and traded for the 2004 version of Steve Nash and now the 2004 version of Grant Hill is considering signing with them?

    If this is anything other than stuff dealing with bending space and time I don’t seen these as landscape changing signings in the west.

    • ccshocktalk - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      who the hell would want the 2004 version of Grant Hill, he wasn’t even close to recovering from multiple ankle surgeries yet.

      Grant Hill as he is can consistently create his shots and unlike most current NBA players, he still can hit his shot consistently. As someone previously stated, all those years of recuperation have saved his body from some serious wear and tear. His game isn’t taking it to the rack so his body isn’t going to get hit as much as player whose game was made on going to the bucket.

      I’d gladly take Grant Hill to come off the bench for the Bulls, another 10-12 points, solid leader, great for the locker room, great for the scoreboard, and great for the community….one of the safest players to have on your team.

  8. lakerluver - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    What the f are you talkin about?! “Stuff dealing”?!! What does that even mean?!! Nash is still better than every pg in the league not named Williams, Rondo, Paul, Westbrook, and Rose.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      sorry, you’re a Laker fan, I’ll type slower so you can understand.

      They’ve added an aging point guard to a team that has Kobe Bryant. Kobe isn’t a big fan of others having the basketball. He’s a big upgrade over anyone they have now, i agree.

      Adding Grant Hill is not a huge addition. He’s 39 years old with a history of injury. My point is that if these additions happened 8 years ago then you may have punched your ticket to the WCF. This is 2012, unfortunately for you.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        that’s interesting andy17. soooo….you were complaining about Nash’s game when he lead the league in assists the past 3 years on a team that didn’t have a prolific scorer because he was too old? …that it was Kobe himself who called Nash to come over? I see your concerns but trying to convince the Laker fans on this site that getting Nash is anything less than great is futile…because its true.
        I love guys you like you who have yet to realize the Lakers are a major player in the NBA just about every year? do i expect them to win the title every year? no…thats impossible…but getting Nash this year is great news for LA fans because we know it makes them a lot better.

      • mightyquinn69 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        I’m also a Lakers Fan, and I tell you what. Regardless of you You are routing for. They will NEVER come close to what the Lakers are, and have always been. Steve Nash is still a damn good PG/Scorer/3PFG shooter, and a great FT shooter. He creates space/ open shoots, and easy points for everyone. If the Lakers had Steve Nash this past year, they would have beaten OKC. The Lakers could have easily won 3 of those games. So STFUP!!!!

      • florida727 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        #andyhr17, are you learning impaired? Read other people’s posts, man. 8 years ago, Hill was wearing a freaking cast!

      • andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        FYI Grant Hill averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. But those are just statistics so they shouldn’t be relied on. Stick to insults without knowing facts. That’s what the internet is all about.

        P.S. This isn’t Twitter so knock it off with the stupid #.

  9. mat9844 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Say it ain’t so, Grant!

  10. hoodheisman - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    The Lakers still have Steve Blake I believe. I would think the lakers are more concerned about leaving the 3 spot to an unpredictable Ron Artest than having Blake backup Nash. With Grant Hill, the Lakers would now have an insurance policy against Artest not showing up or getting suspended.

  11. watermelon1 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Why couldn’t he start?

    Assuming no other trades happen… Bynum at center, gasol at PF, hill at sf, Kobe at SG, and Nash at point.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Give it up guys. You’re never going to convince these Laker twits of anything.

    Adding old guys like this, doesn’t make much sense. This was management caving to Kobe. Kobe has 3 years left. Not only has he hamstrung the franchise now, he’s hamstringing their future with that horrible sign and trade. It’s extending the down years for the Lakers.
    This team has a frighteningly horric bench. That’s part if what has killed them the last 2 years.
    Everything has to fall right for them to even make the wcf.
    They aren’t better than the Spurs or Thunder.
    Let them dream big. It will be more fun to point and laugh when they bow out in the 2nd round again.
    Anyone else signs Nash and Lakers fans would be ridiculing it as a bad signing. Hypocrites, every last one of them.

  13. omniusprime - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    If Grant Hill joins the Lakers then the Lakers will truly be the Over-the-Hill Gang! The Lakers should take note of what little the ancient Celtics accomplished, no titles after that first one before they became too old and decrepit. The Lakers are going in the wrong direction if they want to win a ring this coming season, they need youth, speed and energy which are qualities Nash and Hill can’t contribute. Better ship Kupcake off to Portland before he wrecks the team.

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