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Lakers engaged in talks with multiple teams to trade Jordan Hill

Feb 19, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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As the Lakers continue to look at ways to shed salary and potentially get under the luxury tax threshold this season, Jordan Hill is a player that many expect to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passes.

L.A. was in talks with Brooklyn a couple of days ago, mainly because the Nets have a $5.25 million disabled player exception they received once Brook Lopez went down with a season-ending injury.

Now, there are as many as three teams reportedly interested, though the Nets remain the frontrunner in the Lakers eyes for financial reasons.

The Pelicans received their $4.15 million exception for Ryan Anderson Wednesday, so they (like the Nets) are an ideal partner for the Lakers when considering the motives in Los Angeles.

Since three teams are interested in Hill, however, L.A. does have a bit of leverage here, and will try to milk something of value out of one of the interested parties in the form of a draft pick or young player on a minimum or rookie contract.

In case they can’t pull that off, expect the Lakers to send Hill to one of the teams holding an exception, which would mean that no contract would need to come back to L.A. in return, and the Lakers would trim another $3.5 million off the books.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Everybody knows LA wants under the cap, so they don’t really have any leverage.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      If there are three teams interested, one of them will cave.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:12 AM

        If there are multiple teams interested that value Hill at more than his salary, one will cave. If the Nets or Pellies want him, but aren’t interested in giving up more than a DPE for him, they’d rationally let him go before upping their bids. If they were just playi g hardball because of LA’s perceived position of weakness, *then* the competition would drive the price up.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Teams fighting against each other create all the leverage the Lakers need for someone to pull the trigger.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Agreed. Not a Lakers fan, but leverage is partly a function of demand, and there appears to be a fair amount of demand.

        That’s assuming the reports are accurate and aren’t being seeded by the Lakers to create the appearance of a bidding war, of course.

  2. dinofrank60 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    The CBA is a mutha. Running a team on the cheap. Even if the Nets try to gets, that cap and tax are crazy.

  3. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Wooooo!!! A whole stinkin 3.5 million off the books for a player that should be getting payed and played a whole lot more!!! Woooooo!! (spare me the whole: 3.5 million is actually 7+ million due to the CBA talk, foh)

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Petros and Money made a good point today. This season is lost. If it is truly about championships, you have to be looking forward. If Jordan Hill isn’t part of the championship plan, then why not trade him?

  4. aboogy123456 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Can someone educate me on who else the lakers need to get rid of in order to get under the luxury tax this year? It seems like they would have to get rid of a lot more than just Hill, and they only have a day left, I would rather just focus on re-signing Hill to a longer contract.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      From what I’ve read I think Chris Kaman is the final piece to the puzzle.

  5. unxpexted1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Its’ nice to see the Lakers looking like there is some sort of plan. It felt like the only way to get under the cap was moving Pau. So now I see why they were playing such hard ball with getting a draft pick because it seems they new they had an alternative way to get under the cap. This gives me hope that management is at least thinking properly.

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