Jordan Hill on time with Lakers: 'All you hear is Kobe's mouth'
JUL 16, 12:23p ET | Larry Brown Sports
Rotowire: Jul 9 / 5:36p ET
News: Hill agreed to a contract with the Pacers on Thursday, Sporting News reports.
Impact: The details of the contract have yet to be released, but Hill will essentially trade spots with Roy Hibbert, despite not actually being a part of the Hibbert deal. With the departure of Hibbert and David West in free agency, the Pacers were in need of some more frontcourt help. Hill fits that need, as he'll now fight for minutes and a starting spot with the likes of Ian Mahinmi, Myles Turner and Lavoy Allen. Last season with the Lakers, Hill averaged 12.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists over 27 minutes per game.
Rotowire: Jun 29 / 1:34p ET
News: Hill will head into free agency after the Lakers decided not to pick up his option for the 2015-16 season, Baxter Holmes of ESPN reports.
Impact: Hill actually had the best statistical season of his six-year career last year in Los Angeles, but he's apparently not a part of their long-term plans as the franchise regroups after a lackluster finish to their 2014-15 campaign. His departure creates more opportunities for Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, and incoming rookie Larry Nance, while also allowing Julius Randle the opportunity to step into the starting five after spending last year recovering from a broken leg. As for Hill's value moving forward, it's entirely dependent upon where he ends up as he could easily be a starter or a rarely-used bench player depending on the quality of his new team.
Rotowire: Jun 5 / 4:02p ET
News: Hill, in his eighth NBA season, had his most productive yet, putting up career-highs in points (12.0), rebounds (7.9) and minutes (26.8) in 70 games played for the Lakers. His field goal percentage, however, dipped a bit from last season, as he shot just 46 percent after posting a career-best 55 percent last season. His future with the Lakers is in question, though, as he has a $9 million team option for the 2015-16 season.
Impact: After rookie forward Julius Randle went down with a torn ACL in the first game of the regular season, the team looked at Hill to be their most productive member of the frontcourt, and, for the most part, he did not disappoint. Hill posted 22 double-doubles on the year and had a great eight-game stretch in November where he recorded seven double-doubles and averaged 13.6 points and 11.0 rebounds. While Hill was unable to keep that up on a game-by-game basis, he still remained effective through most of the season as a rebounder and a scorer on the block. His lower field goal percentage may have been in large part because Hill was looked at to carry a struggling Los Angeles team on offense more than usual. Despite this, his future is in question, as the Lakers have to decide whether or not they want to exercise their $9 million team option they have for Hill next season. But, even if they do exercise the option, it is very likely they will look to trade him. Los Angeles is in rebuilding mode for the first time in a long time, and with Hill being 27 years old, he won't really fit into the process. Also, it is more than likely the team drafts either Karl Anthony-Towns or Jahlil Okafor in this year's draft, so they will have one of those guys serve as their center of the future over Hill.