The Los Angeles Lakers came in to NBA Free Agency with high hopes, a large wishlist, and all the cap space to bring in a real cornerstone for the franchise.
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LaMarcus Aldridge was at the top of that list, and the Lakers did all they could to bring in the former Portland Trail Blazers big man. However, Aldridge wasn't happy with the Lakers pitch and ended up choosing the San Antonio Spurs as the team for him.
Then there was Greg Monroe, who decided he'd rather play with the Milwaukee Bucks than in Los Angeles. So the Lakers took some drastic action and put in a trade offer for one former All-Star, which has now gone through.
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According to an official release from the NBA and both teams involved in the trade, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired former All-Star center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers.
In return for Hibbert, the Pacers will receive just one future second round pick from Los Angeles, making this looks like an excellent deal for a Lakers team in bad need of some quality interior defense.
Laker general manager Mitch Kupchak seemed incredibly excited to bring in Hibbert, saying the veteran big man is sorely needed in Staples Center.
“We’re happy to add a veteran big man to the roster,” said Kupchak. “Roy is a proven All-Star center that will help improve our front line. In addition he is a consummate professional and we look forward to having him on the team.”
Hibbert wasn't the only confirmed Lakers signing yesterday, with the team also formally announcing the acquisitions of Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, along with Anthony Brown, who was the 34th overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.
The 28-year old Hibbert averaged 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 76 games for the Pacers last year. Hibbert had spent his entire seven-year career with the Pacers after they took him with the 17th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was named an All-Star in 2012 and 2014.