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Report: Nets may use disabled player exception to acquire Jordan Hill from Lakers

Feb 17, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

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Jordan Hill has slipped down Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers’ rotations behind even Chris Kaman because… actually I don’t have a good reason for you. Hill is not skilled offensive player, but what he brings is energy and the Lakers could often use that. D’Antoni’s Lakers rotations have been interesting this season. We’ll go with interesting.

The Brooklyn Nets might want to take Hill off the Lakers’ hands, using the disabled player exception they got for Brook Lopez, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions on a deal to send forward Jordan Hill to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Nets have a $5.25 million disabled player exception that they can use in a trade or free-agent transaction until March 10, and could use a portion to absorb the remaining $3.5 million on Hill’s expiring contract.

But it’s not that simple, Wojnarowski notes. First, the Lakers likely want something coming back their way in addition to the luxury tax savings they get. Maybe just a second round pick, but something. Secondly, the Nets have a full roster of 15 guaranteed players, so they have to cut someone (and still pay him) to make room on the roster.

More importantly, this is a very expensive move for the Nets. Very expensive. They are so far over the luxury tax line that taking on Hill’s $3.5 million salary equals $17 million in taxes, Wojnarowski reports. I know Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to spend, but there is spending smart and then there is spending $17 million to have Jordan Hill come off your bench.

The Lakers are pretty much open to moving anyone not named Kobe Bryant off their roster. Hill is high on the list of guys they want to move. But this is an example of why the trade deadline is tight this year, making any kind of deal has become hard.

  1. Kevin S. - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    The Nets do not have a full roster. They cleared a spot when they shipped out Tyshawn Taylor and swapped Toko Shengelia for Marquis Teague.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Please do it. I want to see how much the Nets can spend.

  3. aboogy123456 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    noooo don’t do this lakers!

  4. mackcarrington - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Notice that Gasol, Hill, and Kaman mix with D’Antoni like oil and water?
    Gee, what do they all have in common?
    They are all BIGS!!!

    • casualcommenter - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      D’Antoni doesn’t like low-post bigs or unskilled bigs. He likes skilled, athletic bigs who can serve as the roll-man in the pick and roll or space the floor as jump shooters. Amar’e Stoudamire thrived in D’Antoni’s system.

      Unfortunately for the Lakers, neither Gasol, Hill, or Kaman have the combination of skills and athleticism that Amar’e had in his prime.

      • mytthor - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        Well he doesn’t have the athleticism but Gasol is possibly the most skilled big man in the game since Hakeem Olajuwon retired.

    • dinofrank60 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Notice that if they don’t shoot the ball well, they can’t make it up by rebounding and defense. And choosing to go away from one of their few strengths… it’s not a good look.

      But Shawne Williams still gets minutes and we know that Steve Nash will save the day!

  5. stayhigh_247 - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Its a good look for Brooklyn but dam what has happened to the Lakers? Coach Karl is the best known commodity out there right now, unless they can find the next Frank Vogel. I’d give Nate McMillan a shot at it also, but if they plan on getting K Love to sign they need to have an executable plan in place. I love the Black Mamba but I don’t agree with giving him that much loot at this point in his career. They could have given Kobe one of those Bobby Bonilla deals where they pay him in small increments over an extended time. The Lakers have always pulled off miracles but this time it seems almost impossible to get back in contention quickly. Hopefully, I’m wrong.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Thank you! Another intelligent person who realizes that the Lakers by giving Kobe $24 mill a year for two yrs will really hurt them as they try filling out their roster around Kobe.

      If they would have paid him like $12 mill a yr they’d have another $12 mill per yr to spend on strengthening their roster, to improve the quality of the players.

      What is another $12 million to an NBA team? Well the cap is $58.68 million this season. Let’s just say it rises to $60 million next season (I doubt it though).

      $12 million is 20% (TWENTY percent) of a teams $60 million dollar salary cap. That’s a full one fifth and that is just the EXTRA they gave Kobe…

      Geez, if the Lakers would only have an additional $12 million to spend on their roster each of the next two seasons…

      Also, Kobe says it’s about championships but they he takes two fifths of the teams salary cap to himself when he’s earned about half a BILLION dollars between on court salary and endorsements so far in his career.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Do you just copy and paste this on every article?

  6. jolink653 - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I don’t see what Hill would contribute to the Nets that Reggie Evans doesn’t already provide. They have the exact same skill set except Evans is a better rebounder while Hill gives them slightly better offensive production than Evans. Wouldn’t make much sense for them to spend that much for such a similar player

    • nickjackalson - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Eh-haven´t seen them play a lot, have you?

      isn´t Hill the better player by leaps and bounds?

      one reminds me of Anthony Mason, the other of Charles Smith..
      we remember Mason for his vigour (thuggishness) yet Smith was clearly the better player, no?

      Evans is, like Mason, a doorman turned player, so making the league speaks to their devotion, but if you´re Mikhail and have all that money lying around – you do it in heartbeat

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:21 AM


  8. fotydaze - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    As a life long laker fan I am disgusted…is there a game plan? What are we building? Who are we building around? It seems like we’re building around an overrated coach that has accomplished NOTHING!!!
    We are quickly becoming the milwaukee bucks…way to go jumbo I’m sure dad is rolling over in his grave

  9. whodatnhollywood - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Dear Lakers Fans, let’s admit what it is: Our team is a “glorified D-League team” and the Lakers’ front office is selling the paying and viewing public a BAD BILL OF GOODS! Not only should the fans be sick, but Time Warner Sports Net should be even $icker!

    And to all of you Kobe sympathizers: Wake Up! Father time catches up with everybody. I don’t mind them paying Kobe all that extra money, but do it after he retires when there is no salary cap to worry about. Instead, they wrecked the cap~a-GAIN! And now, there is little to no hope.

    And Jim Buss refuses to admit that hiring Mike D’Antoni was a MAJOR mistake! Admit it and move on. George Karl, Byron Scott, Nate McMillan and others are far superior to this dude. It any other coach was having this lame of a season, they’d be FIRED! Repent Jim Buss!

    As a Lakers fan I hate to say this, but I’m going with the Spurs for the next 3 seasons until Kobe retires. I love how Tim Duncan took an unselfish pay cut so that they can remain competitive. Too bad Kobe and the Laker front office weren’t bold enough to do that. In fact, the front office out-bid themselves! Nobody else was going to sign Kobe to that kind of money. It was STUPID!

    So glad I’m not a Lakers season ticket holder. Just sad seeing this franchise sink like the Titanic.

    • isaiah007 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Good points Hollywood except for the coaches you mentioned. All retreads and Byron Scott has failed in several locations. Not the guy to come in and rebuild the Lakers. Go get a new bright mind and most importantly go get some players!

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      “As a Lakers fan I hate to say this, but I’m going with the Spurs for the next 3 seasons until Kobe retires”

      Not a Lakers fan then.

  10. billtetley53 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    mytthor, you’re myttstupid. What an ignorant statement that was!

  11. unxpexted1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I love how people always bring up the Kobe should have taken less money. But how many people are going to take less money for a hypothetical player. When Lebron took less money it was so Dwade and Bosh could sign, Timmy D did it for Manu and Parker. Who exactly is Kobe taken this paycut for? I don’t agree with the money, but if he did this WHILE they were in the midst of signing another player and he wouldn’t do it. I get it. But nobody is taken a cut for something that may happen in the future. Just doesn’t make sense.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      There’s a difference between criticizing Kobe for accepting the contract and criticizing ownership for offering it.

  12. billtetley53 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Ugh, you don’t understand the value of cap space? Really?!

    Kobe just made it impossible to sign other good players. 23 to Kobe and say 18 to another guy puts them at 41.

    Its why you have a d league rest of the team right now! Between Pau and Kobes salary, you can’t sign anyone else worthwhile.
    Kobe takes 12 instead of 23, you can get some secondary guys that are not bench fodder……

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      right but WHO is that secondary guy? Thats my problem. You tellling the man to take a lower off but for WHO?

  13. billtetley53 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    It doesn’t matter who!!!! What font you get about that?! Its about giving the team options.
    Kobe has made close to 1/2 billion dollars. How much money does one person need?!

    Unbelievable that you guys keep defending his every move.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      I’m definding Kobe’s move to take the money. I’m not defendingt he Lakers move to offer that to him. That’s my point.

  14. billtetley53 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Kobe should have taken less, L.A. was afraid of “insulting” him. Kobe, if he’s about titles and allowing the team to improve, would have signed for 10 million. But no, his ego wouldn’t low it.

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