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#1 MadSci

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:15 PM

Lakers Trade Rumors: Grant Hill, Antawn Jamison on L.A.'s Radar?

By WALKER LLEWELLYN
July 5, 2012 3:49 PM EDT


Franchises interested in reaching the NBA Finals realize the importance of having a wise, crafty leader on the floor. These veterans are not always necessarily the best players on the court, but the ones that come with invaluable experience from their lengthy careers. These types of players possess high basketball IQs and ooze confidence.


The Los Angeles Lakers are certainly one franchise that recognizes the importance of having veteran forces on their roster.

The Lakers completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns to acquire 38-year-old Steve Nash on Wednesday night. The two- time NBA MVP has been in the league for 16 years and is now looking to help direct the Lakers towards their 18th NBA Championship.

Nash's contract with the Lakers is slated for three-years, $27 million and in return for the trade, the Suns received two first round drafts in 2013 and 2015 and another two second round picks in 2014 and 2015.



Los Angeles is now looking to add even more battle-proven players, showing interest in signing unrestricted free agents Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison.

Hill, who played with Nash in Phoenix last season, would provide defensive prowess and important minutes off the bench behind Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant. Hill, 39, has suffered many injuries over his long career, but recently had platelet-enrichment treatment for his knee. The treatment done in Germany is notoriously accredited for healing Bryant's knee last year, allowing him to have another huge scoring year with the Lakers.

A source close to Hill said that the aging small forward was deciding between either joining the Lakers or retiring, according to New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

Isola posted on Twitter: "Grant Hill will either join Steve Nash and the Lakers or retire, a source close to the veteran forward told me."

Hill is a very cerebral player capable of providing the Lakers with mistake-free basketball and consistent perimeter shooting of off the bench. Last season he provided Phoenix with 28 minutes per game, while averaging 10.1 points, 2.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds.

Even though Hill started 46 of his 49 games with the Suns this past season, he would be much more effective off the bench. Signing Hill is a smart move for the Lakers, who currently have to decide on re-signing forwards Matt Barnes and Troy Murphy.

Jamison is also another proven forward that the Lakers are considering during this free agency period.

Sam Amico of the FoxSportsOhio recently reported on Los Angeles' interest in Jamison through his twitter account: "Lakers also expected to meet with Antawn Jamison, probably early next week."

Jamison, at age 36, proved that he can still put up good scoring numbers despite the aging process. This past season he started all 65 games for Cleveland while putting up 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.


Other than Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, the Lakers do not have another serious post presence at the power forward and center position. Jamison's inside out game is exactly what Los Angeles needs to assist Bynum and Gasol down low.

One of his best qualities is his ability to stretch the floor as a big man. Another power foward that can shoot the ball next to Gasol would be a phenomenal asset to Bryant especially.

Often Bryant faces double teams on the perimeter, in which he sometimes dishes the ball to Gasol for a look at an open jump shot. Having another paint player that can effectively hit open shots created from Bryant's double teams would make opposing teams think twice about their defensive strategy.



http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/360009/20120705/lakers-trade-rumors-hill-jamison.htm

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:16 PM

Hope so

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:17 PM

Y? Does anyone realize this is a young man's game?? Not even Dallas was this old when they won. 29 and 30 year olds are one thing. 33 35 36 37 38 is entirely different. You need a few vets but not 60% of your team :nah:

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:18 PM

Stretch 4, would be a fantastic addition with Nash running the show.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:18 PM

I'll take Hill and Jamison. They're old but the Lakers want to win now. Their best chance of winning another ring is with Kobe. Kobe will retire soon. They need to win now. I'm stating the obvious here but I just wanted to get that out there before some posters here start whining about how old these guys the Lakers are interested in. Ok. Proceed.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:18 PM

meh

Pau Gasol is GONE


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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:20 PM


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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:22 PM

Hill and Jamison would be two excellent additions to this team.

Then resign Hill as the back up 5 then go get a young SG and this teams bench is in good shape. We need a good mix of veterans and youth. That will help us in close games.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:24 PM

Hill and Jamison would be two excellent additions to this team.

Then resign Hill as the back up 5 then go get a young SG and this teams bench is in good shape. We need a good mix of veterans and youth. That will help us in close games.


well, we have enough veterans (kobe, pau, nash, metta) but now we need some young talent

I don't like jamison's low FG%. what happened to him?

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:25 PM

It would be nice, but please Lakers, re-sign J-Hill
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:25 PM

hell no. Guy was shooting 40%. Thats horrible. He was shooting like 17 times a game of course he scored 17 pts a game

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:26 PM

Exactly, you need the perfect blend of age. Let's get Jamison and Ghill, Iggy would be perfect

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:28 PM

Hill, Jamison, Lewis vet min

Blake
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Hill

MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:31 PM

Might as well if he comes cheap.

He'll be getting a lot of open shots.

Maybe he can actually knock them down unlike Murphy.
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:31 PM

Hill, Jamison, Lewis vet min

Blake
Hill
Lewis
Jamison
Hill

MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!


Damn that's an old bench LOL

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:33 PM

Not going to be able to run with OKC, and Miami. Blake, Jam, Lewis can not play D either.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:33 PM

well, we have enough veterans (kobe, pau, nash, metta) but now we need some young talent

I don't like jamison's low FG%. what happened to him?


Played with a nagging injury for the 2nd half of the season, but it was more due to his role on the team. The Cavs used him as the #1 option on the offensive end. He's never been that kind of player, especially not the latter years of his career. No coincidence that his three worst shooting seasons of his career (the last two in CLE and '07-08 in WAS) came when he was the #1 option on that team. The Wizards in '07-08 had to deal with Caron Butler's injury issues on and off as well as Gilbert Arenas' knee injury which forced Jamison into being the main option on the offensive end.

He'd thrive in a bench role spacing the floor for our big men. We would not be looking for 30 minutes of production, maybe 12-15 on any given night. He'd be more than capable of giving us that.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:45 PM

hope so
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:49 PM

You do realize we haven't resigned Hill yet
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:55 PM

Don't want. He's pretty bad now.




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