The Los Angeles Lakers made Jordan Hill a free agent by declining his $9 million dollar team option, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania. Hill can is now open to any of the League’s 30 teams as a free agent.
For the Los Angeles-based franchise, this is a strategic move to free up cap space for chasing superstar free agents. By declining Hill’s deal the Lakers are projected to have $23 million cap-space available.
Lakers have a clogged forward roster, having a number of stars apart from Hills.
According to sources, the Lakers are interested in every big fish available in the free agent market like DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Love, Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge. If they fail in all options, they’ll at least try to bring back Ed Davis, who declined his payer’s option looking for a more lucrative deal, then re-sign Hill for a smaller amount of money.
The Lakers are also eyeing young talents from the free agent market such as Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle. Veteran guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play the last season of his illustrious career with the Lakers.