With Carmelo Anthony headed back to the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers have moved onto Plan B. Part of the backup plan was signing forward Jordan Hill to a new deal. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on July 11, Hill agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers:
Free agent forward Jordan Hill has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Kevin Bradbury tells Yahoo.
Last season, Hill didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with head coach Mike D’Antoni. As a result, the veteran forward saw a sizable decrease in minutes on the floor for the Lakers.
With Hill not a fan of the way he was used in Los Angeles last season, the consensus seemed to be that he’d be headed elsewhere in free agency this summer. Fortunately for Hill, D’Antoni resigned after one of the worst seasons in franchise history paving the way for a new head coach in Los Angeles next season.
Although a new head coach has yet to be hired by the Lakers, Hill received a large offer from Los Angeles that no other team that was interested in his services could compete with. The division rival Sacramento Kings were one of those teams, according to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:
Kings looked at Jordan Hill to address their power forward needs, but Lakers big offer ended any chance of that happening.
Before the Lakers committed to Hill for the next two seasons, the team also re-signed veteran guard/forward Nick Young on a four-year deal worth $21.5 million. Young opted out his original deal with the team that was set to pay him $1.2 million next season.
With Hill and Young back in the fold, the Lakers may continue to bring back players from last year’s squad. Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry are two players that have yet to be signed by the Lakers or any other team from last season.
As for the majority of last year’s roster, Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Clippers), Chris Kaman (Portland Trail Blazers), Kent Bazemore (Atlanta Hawks) and Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls) have all signed elsewhere.
Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall, Hill and Young will return. Rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson will also be on the roster pending any trade that might be made.
The Lakers have also acquired point guard Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a player overseas and cash. Lin will be the fourth point guard on the roster including Nash, Clarkson and Marshall if all players are retained meaning another move could be made before next season.