The Lakers couldn’t get the centers they wanted so they are looking at the next best, and perhaps only, option left for a veteran big man: Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers and Pacers are actively working on a trade that would send the 7-foot-2 former All Star center from Indiana to L.A. The Lakers are expected to give up at least one future second-round pick and possibly players who are playing overseas in a trade for Hibbert. Although both sides reportedly are committed to making the deal, nothing can be announced until after Thursday, the end of the NBA moratorium on roster business. The Lakers have the cap space to absorb the 28-year-old Hibbert's $15.5 million salary without having to giving back equal value in a trade. It would fill an immediate need for the Lakers: a rim-protecting center, as well as an older presence in a locker room stocked with first- and second-year players. The Lakers made free agent pitches to LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan, but could not lure any of them to L.A. Aldridge announced Saturday he was going to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, while Monroe is going to Milwaukee and Jordan is headed to Dallas. So the Lakers then turned their sights to Hibbert, who had fallen out of favor in Indiana. Coach Frank Vogel is trying to play a more up-tempo style, something that doesn’t favor Hibbert’s game. The change in style was a subtle hint the Pacers didn’t want him at all. In an end-of-the-year news conference team president Larry Bird all but pushed Hibbert out the door, hinting that they weren’t interested in picking up his player option for 2015-16. “We assume he’s going to be back, and if he comes back, we're probably going to play another style, and I can’t guarantee him anything. He's going to have to earn it,” Bird said, according to the Indianapolis Star. Hibbert was underwhelming last season on offense and defense, leading Pacers officials to question his effort. He started 76 games for the Pacers last season, averaging 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds, one year after making the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the second time in his career. Bird also said in the Star article that the Pacers might switch to a different, more up-tempo playing style and suggested Hibbert wouldn’t fit in. The Pacers drafted center Myles Turner with their first-round pick, making the older All-Star expendable. With one year remaining on Hibbert’s contract, the Lakers would essentially be able to test whether the two-time All-Star will be a long-term fit alongside D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. In seven seasons, he has averaged 11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. The Lakers orchestrated a similar deal last year, when they acquired Jeremy Lin and the first-round pick that became Larry Nance Jr. In exchange, the Lakers traded the rights to Sergei Lishouk, a foreign player who has never played in the NBA. Hibbert made the All-Star team in 2011-12 during the best season of his career – 12.8 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, all career-highs. He also was a key player in the Pacers taking the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals in 2013. A traditional center, Hibbert’s role slowly eroded and he found himself shoved aside as Paul George ascended to stardom as a perimeter player and small ball produced success for opponents around the league.