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Why the Brooklyn Nets Should Acquire Jordan Hill

February 20th, 2014 at 1:44 PM
By Martin Mihaly

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With the NBA trade deadline almost here, GM Billy King of the Brooklyn Nets should be calling Los Angeles Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak in an effort to finalize a deal for reserve forward Jordan Hill.

Just yesterday, the Nets sent Jason Terry and Reggie Evans in exchange for Marcus Thornton to the Sacramento Kings.  The move gave the Nets another scorer off the bench who can stretch the floor with his shooting ability.  It also freed up an additional roster spot.  

Recently, Brooklyn has been in discussions with Los Angeles about acquiring Hill in exchange for the Nets $5.25 million disabled player exception which they received when Brook Lopez broke his foot and went down for the season.  As Mike Mazzeo points out, Hill is only under contract for this season at a cost of $3.5 million, but with luxury tax implications the Nets would have to pay $17 million.  

"Brooklyn would then retain Bird rights on Hill, and could offer the free agent a contract up to four years, $25 million in the offseason.  So the Nets could end up paying more than $40 million for Hill when it's all said and done." 

With Hill's contract expiring, the Nets do not need to bring him back next season if they do not want to.  The move would improve the Nets in the immediate future.  With the departure of the seldom used Evans, Hill could be a much better fit for Jason Kidd's offensive system.  He is much more athletic.  Hill is by no means an offensive weapon, but his athleticism makes him more effective than Evans on the offensive side.  

With Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche entrenched as the main big men being used in a small-ball lineup that Kidd uses, Hill could serve as another player to occupy the court when either of those two needs a break.  

The trade could simply be a low-risk move as the Nets would not be giving up an actual player in the deal.  It may come down to whether or not owner Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to spend $17 million on a reserve forward.  

 

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Tags: Basketball, Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Jordan Hill, Kevin Garnett, Marcus Thornton, NBA, Reggie Evans

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