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Report: Grant Hill leaning toward signing with Lakers

Jul 16, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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When they brought in Steve Nash, the Lakers pushed their chips into the middle of the table to go after the title in the next couple of years. If you’re going that route, you don’t want rookies rounding out the squad, you want reliable veterans on your roster.

Say for example, Grant Hill.

Nash said he wanted Hill to come to LA and that may happen, according to a tweet from John Gambadoro of sports talk 620 KTAR in Phoenix.

Hearing Grant Hill leaning towards Lakers after big push by Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant

Hill will turn 40 before next season tips off but he was a solid starter for the Suns last year, giving them 10.2 points a game in 28 minutes, with a PER of 12.3. Yes, his skills are in decline but if you can keep his minutes down and bring him off the bench, he’s the kind of role player contending teams seem to always find.

The Lakers are not going to pay much, however, likely the veteran minimum or a slice of their taxpayer mid-level exception of $3 million.

  1. BigBeachBall - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    rich get richer

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      old get older lol.

      But this is a good move for the Lakers

  2. joshm5683 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    As a Lakers fan who had to suffer last year watching their bench give up leads or let deficits grow larger, I salivate at the thought of rounding out our bench with guys like Grant Hill and maybe Antwan Jamison, more so than I care about trading Bynum for Howard

    • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Am I the only Laker fan who DOESN’T want Jamison’s 40% shooting and 34% 3pt shooting?

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Those numbers will go up playing with Kobe, Nash, Bynum, Gasol. As long as he is someone who can hit the three and rebound, defenses will have to honor him which opens things up. Even if he scores zero points a game, he will make things easier for everyone else just by being able to shoot.

      • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        Guess we will have to be in disagreement here. I don’t know how much we can expect out of him at this stage even on a talented roster like this but his rebounding is decent and the stats show he shot well from the corner with Kyrie on the floor so hopefully he can do the same with Steve….

  3. crtzinc - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    This deal would be probably done if the Dwight Saga was over. I’m sure the Lakers are reluctant to give Hill anything more than the veteran minimum in order to save the mid level taxpayers exception in case a Dwight deal happens and they need to use it. Nonetheless, Hill is definitely a welcomed addition.

  4. malcom1985 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I actually don’t hate this move at all. Grant Hill can still give you solid production in limited minutes. He’s already a massive upgrade over the entire bench from last season.

  5. jtm12180 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Joshm, completely agree!! I can’t wait for the season!!

  6. bucrightoff - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    How unstopable would this team have been in 2006?

    • passerby23 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      They wouldn’t have been able to afford this team in 2006. Hill is desperately needed to solidify their bench though. On paper, the Lakers would look like a contender, but they would also be that much older. That’s putting a lot of faith into old legs.

    • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Would be awesome starting 5 but half of Laker’s bench players weren’t in the league so Lakers bench would still suck.

  7. starvingardens - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    If Grant comes to LA, I’d be very happy for both him and Steve. Those to have been class acts ever since they both came into the league, and deserve a chance to get rings.

    A lot of the younger fans of the NBA probably don’t realize how good Hill really was back in the day. He could have easilly been in the HOF, and most likely had rings to boot if he didn’t have the injuries.

    And Nash… nothing needs to be said. He just hasn’t had the right mix of players around him to get a shot at the title.

    Good luck to the both of them, even if I don’t like the Lakers.

  8. misterdreamer119 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Too bad it will 2013 when the playoffs start. Laker fans it is over. OKC is the western conf big dogs.

    • tsi431 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      OKC is just like the Magic. They also thought they were the powerhouses in the East in 2008-09 season. It was written that the finals loss will build the team and make them better, its all garbage. They went kaput just as OKC will.

      Lakers would of been able to keep up with OKC this year if they had a halfway decent bench.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        excellent point. yes, everybody thought the Magic were going to be perennial title contenders. …and that did not happen. same with the early 2000 Kings, late 90′s Blazers, etc…the window closes…and yeah, lets remember, they have not won anything yet…
        …with that said, i do think OKC will be a powerhouse for at least a few years…but after that, it will be very hard for them to sustain that type of success. its OKC were talking about people… i know people will say, “oh, they are young, etc…” but hey, all you need is one team to outplay you in the playoffs and you are done.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      keep dreaming, misterdreamer119…

  9. camnellum12 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I like this move, but the Lakers don’t get any younger. As much as we need Hill for wing defending, we also need a athletic bench spark, alas Shannon Brown. I wonder what player out there in FA can jump out the gym and give the Lakers bench a spark.

    • tsi431 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      If only Adam Morrison was available. Or maybe Luke Walton.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      I looked at the Free Agents and there really is not much out there. Perhaps Brandon Rush could be that guy, but he’s no shannon brown. The best thing for the Lakers would be if they can sign Antawn Jamison, that would be awesome.

      • adfranco - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Mike Brown needs to play the younger players more like Ebanks and Goudelock. Give them more experience and they can become reliable off the bench. And I hope they are able to keep Jordan Hill. I really don’t have a problem though with the Lakers getting veteran players if it will strengthen our bench. Obviously, they want to win now with Kobe turning 34.

      • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        Lakers could try and get Shannon back.
        Also Rush is a RFA so he is probably NOT coming to LA.

  10. lakerluver - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Dude, OKC got exposed in the Finals as a team with no inside game and a out of control pg who shoots way too much. Oh, and Harden is obviously not as good as advertised.

    • soflasfinest - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      They were good enough to whooop your LAKERS ass!4-1ring a bell? The old getting older that’s all.

    • badintent - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      With Nash and Hill, Kobe will finally learn to spell a new word. The word is Class. Money $$$ don’t buy it. Hope Kobe gets it tattooed on his forehead

  11. lakerluver - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    OKC will be to this decade what Portland was to the late 90′s. A good team that never quite got to the top.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      damn…just said the same thing above!

    • scalfor3 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      okc’s best player is durant. those portland team’s best player was rasheed wallace.

      okc is for real

  12. lakers2013 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    This is a great move by the lakers if they can get hill.
    The lakers have always been a team of action for that specific year. Who cares if they are becoming an old team now, with the signings of nash and now maybe hill, with hill on the bench playing the right amount of minutes he is capable of adding alot to a bench that has recently struggled, and he can be a great producer and maybe can even lead the bench.
    Would be great move for lakers!!!

  13. zacksdad - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I love that picture of Grant Hill, it looks like he is screaming in pain with each step like an old man. But anyways, I do hope our Lakers can get him. Nash made this off season a decent one so far.

  14. timpaz - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Get out the rocking chairs in L.A.

  15. miamatt - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I believe AC Green is still available

  16. omniusprime - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Man I thought the Celtics were Ancient the paste few years but this idiotic desire to acquire Grant Hill would make the Lakers The Most Ancient Team of All Time. Sorry but Grant Hill isn’t what the Lakers need, the Lakers need youth to back up the old geezers hanging out on the team. Lakers definitely need to dump McRoberts, Murphy and Flake in order to bring in some good young talent.

    miamatt – Great quip, maybe Magic and Rambis and Kareem want a comeback huh?

    timpaz – Maybe the Lakers can ask Kareem back for his rocking chair so Steve Nash will have a proper seat.

  17. muhangis - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    I’ll be honest, Hill at this stage of his career is not much help to any team out there. His D and O is below avg now in the NBA. Antawn Jamison on the other hand is still a force, and would help this team out alot!

    I’ve been a basketball & Laker fan for a long time, and many of you same ones are also the same who said Steve Blake was a great signing for L.A!? Or that Josh McRoberts would help… or better yet Mike Bibby is still a good player, let’s sign him! And let’s go out and re-sign Gary Payton and Malone while we’re at it.

    I know better than to listen to the masses of the mentally defunt out there, cause I learned the avg fan out there is pretty freakin dumb! For those who say this is a good signing for the Lakers, can’t in anyway figure to add in ‘how?’

    oh besides veteran leadership my a$$…. Lakers got enough of it

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