Los Angeles Lakers free agent forward/center Jordan Hill will sign with Indiana Pacers, reports Sean Deveney of the Sporting News. Hill will help the Pacers replace outgoing center Roy Hibbert, whom the Lakers acquired in exchange for a future second round pick in a trade made official on Thursday. The two moves will be separate transactions, and not a sign-and-trade.
Hill averaged 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds over his three full seasons with the Lakers, but after another disappointing campaign, both sides were ready to move on. The Lakers did not exercise their option to bring Hill back for the 2015-16 campaign, making the Arizona Wildcats product a free agent. Hill was originally acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets at the 2012 trade deadline in exchange for guard Derek Fisher.
Hill joins a mass free agency exodus of Lakers players who combined to lead the franchise to its worst season ever, joining Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price, Wesley Johnson, Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Wayne Ellington in departure as the Lakers look to acquire more youth and rebuild their team from the ground up.