Trade Rumor: Lakers and Nets talking deal for Jordan Hill
The Lakers and Nets are in discussions for a deal that would send Jordan Hill to the Nets.
The Nets appear to be buyers at the trade deadline.
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.
Nevertheless, the luxury tax penalty on absorbing Hill's contract would be extraordinary for Brooklyn: Nearly $17 million. Hill could give the Nets a capable power forward and center replacement for a run at the postseason, but ultimately ownership would have to be willing to sign off on expanding its record $190 million-plus combined payroll and luxury tax.
According to the report, it's unlikely the Lakers would retain Hill after the season, so they're interested in getting some return for him.
The Nets are looking for any kind of additional depth they can get, and taking on added salary doesn't seem to bother them. And obviously the Lakers are basically putting a big "FOR SALE" sign in their front yard right now.
Hill has averaged 8.5 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes for the Lakers.
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