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Report: Lakers giving Jordan Hill two-year, $18 million contract

Jul 11, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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The Lakers aren’t getting Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James, but they’re still filling their roster around Kobe Bryant.

I mean that in the most literal sense. The Lakers are acquiring players.

None of this is inspiring.

Trading for Jeremy Lin and signing Nick Young might add excitement, but they’re marginal players.

So is Jordan Hill, who’ll stay with the Lakers next season because they’re giving him a lot of money.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

I’m just waiting for Wojnarowski to add that he had a typo on the dollars or years. That’s seems like a huge amount of money to give Hill.

Then again, he averaged 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in just 20.8 minutes per game last season.

The only other players who’ve averaged as many points and rebounds per 36 minutes as Hill had this season while playing at least 60 games since the NBA-ABA merger:

  • Dwight Howard
  • Moses Malone
  • Robert Parish
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Kevin Love
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Kevin Willis
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Charles Barkley
  • Artis Gilmore
  • Shawn Kemp
  • Bill Laimbeer
  • Swen Nater
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Roy Tarpley
  • Bill Walton

Most of that list is in or will be in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

How did Hill join such elite company?

I think it’s partially Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo system giving all players more opportunities to accumulate stats. I think it’s partially the Lakers, with Pau Gasol sleepwalking through the season, lacking another somewhat-dependable inside presence.

And it’s also Hill, who deserve credit for his production. How much will determine whether this contract pays off for the Lakers.

  1. muathjam21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    What is that thing in the picture you posted?

  2. 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Never thought you’d see the day you’d have to overpay for role playing did you Laker fans?

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      28 million for 2 bench warmers!

      KOBE PISSED
      🔥

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      It’s not overpaying. He’s worth it. Give him 30+ min. a night and he’s a borderline All-Star.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        00malt, I like him but the per 36min numbers are 16.7 points and 12.8 rebounds. It seems like more guys than are on the list had to have done that. Patrick Ewing?

  3. yesser12 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    desperate to fill the roster?

  4. therealhtj - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Please say the 2nd year has a cheap buyout?

  5. spthegr8 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Glad we re-signed him But, OUCH 9 mil a yr. is WAAAAAY too much $ IMO.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Wanted him to return, but they could have resigned him for two years, $9 million and likely outbid everyone else. Instead they give him $9 mil per year… not really an inspiring re-signing to be honest.

  6. paleihe - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I’ve never commented on so many articles in one damn day.

  7. antistratfordian - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Well at least they’ll have a team. I don’t think Kobe ever wanted Melo or LeBron to join anyway – if he really did he would’ve made Melo’s meeting. I think he wants to come back and chuck.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Anti, you really got a start reading some articles and getting some things right. They moved the meeting time up and koby was flying back from out of the country and got delayed. Many reports said melo and him have talked regularly. smdh

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        uh huh… suuuure… we believe that 100%

  8. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    2nd year a team option, all good. No moves at this point will encroach on future cap space. Lance still in play?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      That makes a lot more sense. Still, I bet Swaggy P is like, really? lol

  9. JMClarkent - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Two observations:

    1. Teams are paying great money to guys who put up stats on bad teams.
    2. Players had better save a few bucks for the imminent lockout.

  10. lew24 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    2nd year is a team option for 9 mill. So it’s not as bad as it looks.

  11. mp4philly - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    What a country we live in where this guy is worth 9 million a year?

  12. aboogy123456 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I really like this signing. You guys are looking at the per year cost, and yes, it is high, but you have to consider that it’s only a 2 year deal. He could have had more guaranteed money elsewhere on a longer contract. Look around the league. How many teams could use a solid defensive and rebounding big man? This coming year is not looking good for the lakers. If he doesn’t outperform his contract next year, he will be a very tradeable $9 mil expiring contract.

    • John White - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Good point.

      Also, by accumulating soon-to-expire contracts, Lakers are positioning themselves for trades. Good players get dumped at the trade-deadling by teams that fail to meet expectations. By January, you’ll see good players put on the block by owners looking to dump salary or in expectation of being unable to resign a star (Kevin Love if Minnesota cannot first work out a deal with Cleveland).

  13. lalifer - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Thing is whats even more awe inspiring (i know i know) its that all those HOF guys were “THE” guy. D’Antoni never even wrote a play for Hill. He just told him to go in there and do your best. Obviously, he did. As per his salary, like Clint Eastwood said,”deserves got nothing to do with it.”

  14. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    THIS DAY JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!!!!!!!!

  15. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Spoken of in the same breath as the immortal Swen Nater.

    • sdlakerfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      lol…sadly Swen Nater may be the closest comparison on the list. But…Swen Nater led both the ABA and NBA in rebounds. Was a top 5 rebounder 5 yrs in the NBA and averaged 10-15 pts most of his career on %53.5 shooting and played decent ‘D’. Not immortal but some team would probably pay him 9 mil too in his prime by today’s standards.

      Glad they kept Hill even if they overpaid a little for a short term deal that preserves future options.

  16. campcouch - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    hopefully I’m comment 23!

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