The Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to free agent big man Jordan Hill to "express interest" in a reunion, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. The Lakers declined Hill's $9 million option on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent, but apparently still have some interest in bringing Hill back to the purple and gold if they strike out with other, more high profile free agents such as the Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, whom the front office met with at the beginning of the 2015 free agency period.
Hill averaged 12 points and 7.9 rebounds in 70 games for the Lakers in 2014-15, and while too much was often asked of him on an injury plagued and talent deprived squad, Hill is still a league average starter who can play either center or power forward. Medina also reports the Lakers are not the only team to reach out to Hill, with his representatives reportedly receiving "several calls" in the opening hours of free agency.
How much interest the Lakers actually have in Hill will be determined by the results of their very public campaign to sign Aldridge, as well as how their meetings go with DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Love, Robin Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Greg Monroe, and seemingly every other free agent big man. Hill returning to the Lakers still seems like an unlikely, but still noteworthy, possibility at this stage.