THE Los Angeles Lakers have engaged in serious talks with free-agent guard George Hill on one-year deal.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Hill met with Lakers team officials on Monday, with both parties having ‘significant mutual interest’ in entering a short-term deal.
Hill is coming off an injury-riddled season with the Utah Jazz where he averaged a career-high 16.9 points in 49 games. A healthy year with the Lakers while playing with No.2 pick Lonzo Ball in the backcourt could lead to a long-term deal in LA or elsewhere after next season.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are going with short contracts in this free agency to preserve cap space to chase free agents like Paul George, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook in 2018. The 31-year-old Hill could also serve well for the Lakers in wooing George, as the two teamed up in Indiana for five seasons.
Also in the mix for the Lakers is free agent Rajon Rondo, as sources said the parties have met and the team has reached out to other front-office officials, coaches and players who have worked with the former All-Star point guard.