The Orlando Magic are among the teams expected to pursue Los Angeles Lakers big man Jordan Hill in free agency, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. They join the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and his incumbent team in the bidding for the three-year veteran. Hill will meet with Minnesota management on Monday, Wojnarowski says. He does not give an estimation of when Orlando might meet with the former Arizona Wildcat.
Hill, who turns 25 in late July, owns career averages of 5.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 49.3 percent shooting. The New York Knicks made Hill the eighth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, and traded him to the Houston Rockets midway through his rookie season in a cost-cutting move. The Lakers obtained him from Houston at the 2012 trade deadline.
NBA free agency began at midnight on July 1st. Players and teams can verbally agree on contracts, but cannot sign them until July 11th.
Orlando's rumored pursuit of Hill comes less than one year after it traded for Glen Davis, two days after it drafted Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn, one day after Dwight Howard reportedly asked to be traded, and less than 10 days before it will have to concern itself with Ryan Anderson's restricted free agency. Rob Hennigan, the Magic's new General Manager, has some decisions to make regarded his big men.