Free agents Jordan Hill, Nick Young re-sign with Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed two of their free agents Friday, according to reports. Forward Jordan Hill signed a two-year contract, his agent told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, and guard Nick Young also agreed to re-sign with the Lakers, Young confirmed on Twitter. TNT's David Aldridge reports that Young's contract is worth $21.5 million over four years, and that the fourth year is a player option. Hill's contract is for two years and worth $18 million.
Young was born and raised in Los Angeles and went to college at USC. The enigmatic guard known as "Swaggy P" enjoyed a breakout season with the Lakers last season, averaging a career-high 17.9 points per game.
Hill came off the bench for the Lakers last season and averaged career-highs in points (9.7) and rebounds (4.7) in almost 21 minutes per game.
It was a busy day for the Lakers, who also reportedly traded for Rockets guard Jeremy Lin on Friday. Earlier Friday, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that the Lakers were no longer in contention for Carmelo Anthony.
Additionally, Pau Gasol turned down a Lakers offer worth more than $10 million per year over two years, per Wojnarowski. Gasol averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last year, his seventh with Los Angeles. He won two championships in his time with the Lakers. Reports about Gasol's next destination have been mixed, but the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks have all emerged as possibilities.
- Dan Gartland