The Los Angeles Lakers are on track to end another trade deadline with Jordan Hill still on the payroll. It's "highly unlikely" the Lakers will make a trade including Hill, reports Sean Deveney of Sporting News. The Lakers re-signed Hill to a two-year, $18 million contract with a team option last summer, bringing back a productive big man on an expiring deal.
The Phoenix Suns are seeking trade offers for Goran Dragic, who's made it clear he wants out of Arizona, The Lakers are one of his preferred destinations, and the Suns are reportedly interested in frontcourt help, but it may not be in the form of Hill. The Lakers and Suns engaged talks around Hill at the trade deadline last season, but again came up without a deal.
Hill missed the Lakers last five games with a hip flexor injury, but practiced with the Lakers without any restrictions on Wednesday. If Hill is indeed staying in Los Angeles through the deadline, the Lakers will have to evaluate the $9 million team option for the '15-16 season, as well as considering their future with unrestricted free agent Ed Davis.
The deadline is still a long ways away, and the dominoes seem to be in the Suns court as Dragic remains the most coveted trade target.