Saturday, July 4, 2015

Lakers Make a Trade With Pacers To Acquire Roy Hibbert

The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly acquire center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers, absorbing his contract into their cap space. Hibbert spent his first seven years of his career with the Pacers.

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.

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