The Los Angeles Lakers have finalized their trade to acquire center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers, according to the Pacers' twitter feed. In exchange for Hibbert, Indiana will receive a future second round pick as compensation. Hibbert, a 2012 and 2014 All-Star, will presumably start at center for the Lakers, thus filling the team's largest remaining need of the offseason.
After some worry that the DeAndre Jordan
hostage situation free agency recruitment could lead to some complications in the Hibbert trade, the deal that was reported July 4th will now seemingly go off without a hitch. Hibbert all but confirmed as much this morning, changing his Twitter profile background to the Lakers' logo.
Pacers president Larry Bird released a statement thanking Hibbert "for all his contributions during his time in Indiana", saying that he appreciated all that Hibbert "did for our franchise on and off the court." The Lakers released a statement of their own regarding the trade, and general manager Mitch Kupchak said "We're happy to add a veteran big man to the roster... Roy is a proven All-Star center that will help improve our front line. In addition he is a consummate professional and we look forward to having him on the team."
Acquiring Hibbert could be a big win for the Lakers, and now that the trade is done, Lakers fans can officially start to get excited about the move, and the big man's fit next to returning sophomore Julius Randle.