ESPN sources say that the Lakers and Pacers are actively discussing a trade where L.A. would take Roy Hibbert into salary-cap space— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2015
Source on Lakers-Hibbert trade first reported by @ESPNSteinLine "it'll get done after the 9th"— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 4, 2015
According to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, Indiana will likely get a future pick and cash in return.Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Hibbert has been told he's going to the Lakers. The details are being worked out.
If the move is completed as expected, Hibbert, 28, will immediately become the Lakers' starting center. Only two years ago, he was the anchor of the league's best defense. Things will obviously be very different in Los Angeles, as the roster doesn't currently have any other good defenders, but at least Hibbert can help. The Minnesota Timberwolves was the only team last season with a worse defensive efficiency than the Lakers, and there are few humans on this planet who can protect the rim better than Hibbert.
General manager Mitch Kupchak couldn't acquire any of his big-name targets in free agency. It's lucky that a player like Hibbert was so easily obtainable in a trade.