Jordan Hill has reached agreement on a two-year, nearly $8 million deal with the Lakers, his agent Kevin Bradbury tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 21, 2012
Two years and $8 million is exactly what the reserve center was worth on the open market. The Lakers don't have much depth behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, and Hill should be able to fill the same role as last season, providing depth at both spots.
His role as the backup at both center and power forward makes him very valuable in the rotation for the Lakers, and they couldn't afford to lose him. He will play quality minutes behind Bynum, as he did in 2011-12.
Last season, Hill averaged 12 minutes, 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. So while he hasn't proved that he is starting material, he is definitely one of the better reserve players in the NBA and a smart signing for the Lakers.
Hill is entering just his fourth season out of the University of Arizona. The 6'10", 235-pound power forward/center is known for his rebounding skills and fearless nature. He shouldn't be relied on as a passer or to take 15-to-20 foot jump shots, either. His best role is to play on the blocks, and he will continue to do so for the Lakers.
Most of the talk regarding the Lakers right now is centered around Dwight Howard, and this is no different. Hill will provide relief to Bynum or Howard depending on who ends up as the center following the Lakers' chaotic offseason.