Lakers Trade For Hibbert After Failing to Sign a Big Man in Free Agency

The Los Angeles Lakers are learning that their storied history and beautiful city is not enough to lure top free agents these days. Heading into free agency, the Lakers had high hopes of signing any two players among the likes of Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, and Greg Monroe. All decided to sign elsewhere so the Lakers have agreed to trade a second round pick and cash to the Indiana Pacers for center Roy Hibbert.hibbert

After failing to trade for Demarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings prior to the draft, the Lakers rolled the dice and drafted point guard D’Angelo Russell hoping to get one of the aforementioned bigs. Once these players signed elsewhere, the Lakers pursued a trade and found Hibbert to be the best option.

Hibbert is a pretty good option for the Lakers. He is only 28 and has always been known for his defensive presence which will bode well for the Lakers. Hibbert’s contract will be over 17 million this year, but will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. If he does well, maybe the Lakers sign him to a long-term deal. If not, his salary and Kobe Bryant’s 25 million will be off the books as free agency starts in July 2016.

The Lakers will then have plenty of money to spend and no iconic star on the roster. Will that be enough to bring in some game-changing free agents that will restore the Lakers to prominence once again? Only time will tell.

And that’s as I see it!

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