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Lakers, Pacers Finalizing Trade

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Please or Register to view linksof Yahoo Sports reported the Lakers and Pacers are finalizing a deal that would send Hibbert to the Lakers. Los Angeles would take Hibbert's Please or Register to view links on with the Pacers receiving picks and the rights to overseas players. Please or Register to view links reported the final issue being worked out by the teams is Hibbert's 15-percent trade, $2.3 million trade kicker that Please or Register to view links, but will impact the Lakers' cap room.

    ESPN.com's Please or Register to view links first reported the Lakers were exploring a trade to acquire Hibbert. Please or Register to view linksof USA Today first noted the two sides have agreed to the deal that would send cash and a future pick to the Pacers.

    On June 25, Grantland's Please or Register to view links was among the first to reportHibbert will pick up his player option for the 2015-16 season. According to Please or Register to view links, he's due to make a little over $15.5 million.

    In keeping with Newton's third law of motion, the Pacers' equal and opposite reaction was to reportedly put the 28-year-old big man on the trade block, per Stein:

    "Sources say that the Pacers will now try to move Roy Hibbert after Hibbert sent in paperwork to opt into final year of his current contract"

    Hibbert's stock has fallen precipitously ever since the Pacers' second-half swoon in 2013-14. Whereas he looked like a potential Defensive Player of the Year contender to start that season, the two-time All-Star went anonymous during the playoffs, averaging 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game.

    In 2014-15, the Pacers were better when Hibbert was off the court. Their offensive rating jumped from 99.8 to 101.8, while their defensive rating actually improved slightly from 101.1 to 100.7, per Please or Register to view links.
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