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Lakers Free Agency: Lakers declining Jordan Hill's team option, according to report

The Lakers are planning on letting Jordan Hill hit the open market.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to exercise the $9 million team option on Jordan Hill's contract, instead preferring salary flexibility this summer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Hill will become an unrestricted free agent, and will have a "significant market of suitors."

Hill played a career-high 26.8 minutes per game while starting in 57 games. He's been a part of the Lakers' frontcourt rotation since he was a trade deadline acquisition in 2012, at times proving himself to be an elite rebounder. Hill's place in the Lakers' future was in question before the Lakers acquired the No. 2 pick, which could be used to select a big man. Julius Randle should also be ready to return, and is expected to play on the Lakers' summer league team in Las Vegas.

The Lakers also have two developing big men in Tarik Black and Robert Sacre to fill out their extra depth, and Ed Davis has a player option that he needs to make a final decision on. The final day for teams and players to finalize option years is June 29, with qualifying offers due on the June 30.

Wojnarowski also name-drops Goran Dragic, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love as "A-list" targets for the Lakers this summer. Free agency doesn't officially open until July 1, but the rumor cauldron is bubbling in anticipation.

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