Lakers reportedly close to making deal for Indiana center Roy Hibbert

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    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.
     
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    Hibberts... meh..

    OK so he's 7'2" and only 28 years old but... and maybe the kids can step up to augment scoring but I don't know if he can run anymore.


    Still... better than nothing?
     
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    Better than Jordan Hill, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre.
    And he's an expiring deal that doesn't interfere with cap space next off season.
    He's a defensive rim protector that fits well with Julius Randle and Brandon Bass at the PF spots.

    Other than that, hard to find a bunch of positives. I guess he makes them a little better, but doesn't seem to be part of the long term plans.
     
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    Yeah it's a function of comparatives

    Hill was erratic and Hibberts is steady
    Davis never showed much and Hibberts has shown a solid 12PPG/9RBP
    Sacre was a stiff and Hibberts is slightly less a stiff

    So yeah it's an improvement all the way around... I suppose
     
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    And with all of the new blood this year we actually have some ability to compete



    #Donewithtanking
     
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    Assuming Kobe can play...and gives you 25 MPG over 50-60 games.
    Other than that, it looks like a bunch of role players and rookies. They should be fun to watch, but I'm not sure they're going to be very good.

    The positive I see looking forward is that post-kobe this looks like a complimentary roster for a couple of all-stars to join in the next couple years.
    Throw Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal on that roster, and that's a title contender.
     
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    Yeah the biggest thing is that Kobe = cancer

    and that every single NBA superstar knows it
     
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    Fixed.

    Maybe we'll be lucky like Cleveland and get 3 outta 4 top picks. Oh no wait a minute, Dan Gilbert forced Stern into vetoing the CP3 deal, gets 3 #1 picks in 4 years, and LeBron comes home and they still can't win it... Nevermind, I don't want to be lucky like Cleveland.
     
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    This would be good.. I'm ready to assign 'slightly' higher expectations to this squad, mebbe even the #8 spot... Lots to see at camp
     
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    Oh and you really are a thread whore

    Opening a new thread when there was an identical one just to post a link?

    And then not even comment on it?

    Where in the hell are all the dog damned Mods??


    :soapbox::ban:
     
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    I see that Jordan Hill is signing with the Pacers... though NOT via a trade...

    And we couldn't figure out a way to profit better from this exchange??
     

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