May 10, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) with the ball during the second half of game six in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 113-96. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Following up on the Antawn Jamison acquisition, the Lakers have cemented their frontcourt rotation today by re-signing Jordan Hill, who had previously been deciding between the Lakers and the Timberwolves. According to the omnipresent Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Hill's deal is for two years and $8 million, solid value for a backup big who can play both frontcourt spots and provide quite a bit of upside as well. Going into the offseason, the Lakers were restricted to offering Hill a contract starting at the value of the team option Houston declined earlier in the year ($3.6 million), and it appears that Hill decided that he preferred competiting for a championship than backing up Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic in Minnesota.
Acquired in the Derek Fisher trade to Houston, Hill was a revelation once he got consistent minutes, posting one of the best rebound rates in the entire league, hustling on both ends, and showing glimpses of a nice offensive game. With a full offseason and training camp with the team, one can only expect him to perform better, and between Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Jamison, and Hill, the Lakers have a rock solid frontcourt rotation as good as any in the league, Dwight Howard or no. One or two more moves might be needed to finish filling out the rotation, namely a wing who can back up Kobe Bryant, shoot from range, and defend, but thus far, Mitch Kupchak has done a magnificent job this offseason.