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Lakers & Nets have discussed potential Jordan Hill trade

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The Los Angeles Lakers have held discussions over a potential deal to send Jordan Hill to the Brooklyn Nets, according to unnamed sources cited by Adrian Wojranowski of Yahoo Sports.

Reports suggest that the Nets are in possession of a $5.25 million disabled player exception that can be used before March 10, meaning they could use some of that figure to essentially absorb the last $3.5 million of Hill's contract.

Should it come to fruition, it seems likely that such a deal would just be a move from the Lakers to get rid of the 26-year-old and would not see any players going in the other direction.

Former Arizona Wildcat Hill, an eighth overall pick by the New York Knicks during the 2009 NBA draft, moved to Staples Center in March 2012 in a deal that sent Derek Fisher and a first-rounder to the Dallas Mavericks.

The versatile forward/center has - unlike so many of his teammates including the likes of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol - been relatively healthy this season and was one of the only Lakers not to miss a game during the 2014 campaign before being forced to sit out with a cervical strain earlier this month.

However, Wojranowski suggests that he is not a favourite of much-maligned head coach Mike D'Antoni and his sources claim that he is unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers beyond the summer.

If the Nets - who have improved massively since the turn of the year after a horrendously underwhelming start to the season under rookie coach Jason Kidd - do wish to add Hill before this week's trade deadline, though, they could face a luxury tax hit of a quite staggering $17 million.

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