Friday June 19th, 2015

The Los Angeles Lakers are not likely to exercise the option on Jordan Hill's contract for next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Los Angeles signed Hill to a two-year, $18 million deal last July. The second year of the deal is a team option.

If Los Angeles does not exercise the option, it would clear cap room for the team to pursue other targets in free agency.

From the report:

The Lakers are not obligated to make a final determination on the $9 million owed on Hill’s contract before June 30, but momentum is strong that they’ll allow Hill to enter into free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Over 70 games last season, Hill averaged 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds. Prior to joining Los Angeles in a March 2012 trade, Hill played for the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.

The 27-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft out of Arizona.

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