We’ve been wondering what would be the first domino to fall in the Lakers fire sale. Do we finally have an answer?
Los Angeles, Brooklyn have discussed Jordan Hill deal into the Nets’ Disabled Player Exception, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 17, 2014
According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, who is the only source to trust when it comes to NBA trade rumors, the Brooklyn Nets and Lakers have discussed a trade involved forward Jordan Hill. Hill, 26, has been cast aside by Mike D’Antoni and is a free agent after the season. It is very doubtful that Hill would re-sign with the Lakers or that the Lakers would want him back.
The Nets are searching for a capable backup Power Forward and Center for their postseason run. However, absorbing Hill’s contract could force a luxury tax penalty of close to $17 million for the Nets. Brooklyn does have a $5.25 million disabled player exception that they can use in a trade or free-agent transaction until March 10th and could use a portion to eat part of Hill’s contract, which costs $3.5 million for the rest of the season.
It seems unlikely that the Nets would spend so much money on a role player this late in the season; however, this is the Nets we’re talking about. Money, clearly, isn’t an object for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Lakers would likely receive a second round pick in return and would clearly more money from the salary cap. If the Lakers trade away Hill and Pau Gasol they would likely avoid any luxury tax penalties this season.
There is a trade to be made here for the Lakers. If you’re not committed to putting a winning team on the floor why not just bow out this season and save money for the future. This would be a nice first step.