Los Angeles Lakers nearing trade deal to acquire Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert
Big man Roy Hibbert, 28, could end up in Los Angeles by the end of this week. AP 

AFTER losing out in the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly finalizing a trade agreement with the Indiana Pacers for two-time All-Star center Roy Hibbert.

The Lakers passed on a frontcourt man in the rookie draft and instead targeted big name big men in free agency but have failed to land one.

Aldridge has agreed to move to San Antonio from Portland and DeAndre Jordan is set to transfer to the Mavericks from the Los Angeles Clippers.

[See As expected, LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to join the San Antonio Spurs]

Hibbert exercised his player option for the 2015-2016 season worth $15.5 million.

The details of the Lakers-Pacers deal have yet to be ironed out, but according to ESPN.com the teams “have committed to a swap that will see Hibbert absorbed into the Lakers' salary-cap space.”

Roster moves will be allowed starting on Thursday (Friday, Manila time)

The Lakers picked guard D’Angelo Russell second overall in the NBA draft, passing on big man Jahlil Okafor.

[See DeAndre Jordan to join Dallas Mavericks on four-year deal worth about US$80 million]

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