The Los Angeles Lakers will re-sign free agent big man Jordan Hill to a two-year, $18 million contract, reports Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Hill will make approximately $9 million per year, but the Lakers have a team option on the second year,
Hill has been with the Lakers since the 2010 season, serving as both a starter and off-the-bench frontcourt presence over the years. He's struggled to find a consistent role in Los Angeles, but was still one of the NBA's top rebounders despite his fluctuating minutes.
The Lakers will likely play Hill as their starting center alongside No. 7 pick Julius Randle. The two could become a dominant rebounding force, through neither can step out beyond the three-point line to stretch defenses. Hill's mid-range game is inconsistent, but there is an expectation that Randle can develop knock-down 15-foot jumpshot.
Hill's contract is a big commitment, but tacking a team option onto the second year make this more like a one-year, $9 million deal in the grand scheme. The Lakers can decline the option, or build Hill's value and make him a tradeable asset for Los Angeles near the trade deadline.