The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to make any free agency signings but could be closing in on their first deal soon. The Lakers are set to meet with unrestricted free agent point guard George Hill, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Even more interesting, Hill and the Lakers are reportedly looking at the potential of a one-year contract, according to Wojnarowski. That’s an ideal situation for LA as the front office tries to keep the slate clean for the summer of 2018.
Hill is one of the most sought-after free agents of this class, having a career year and due for a big pay raise. Hill averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting over 40 percent from deep for the second season in a row.
This is the kind of signing that would be a great fit for the Lakers, needing depth in their backcourt desperately. Hill would be a perfect complementary one-two punch at point with Lonzo Ball, capable of stabilizing the position early on while Ball gets familiar with playing in the NBA on a nightly basis.
Spicing this rumor up, Wojnarowski is also reporting that both Hill and the Lakers aren’t meeting just for the sake of good conversation:
For Lakers, Hill on 1-year deal gives Lonzo Ball a vet mentor -- and preserves cap space for next summer. Both sides serious on possibility. https://t.co/FgcbuY4fUa— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2017
He’s also a fantastic defender. checking off the Lakers’ clear need for three-point shooting and defense. Would Hill really pass up a long-term deal that could be on the table for him, though? It’s hard to see him not being able to find a more lucrative long-term option than a one-year Lakers contract, but if the sides are meeting there’s clearly some level of interest from Hill.
It’s not a bad shot in the dark from the Magic Jonson and Pelinka, following up a reported meeting with Dion Waiters that sent down Sunday night.