Lakers free agent rumors: George Hill could come to mentor Lonzo Ball for a year

George Hill and the Los Angeles Lakers have been discussing a potential one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers see Hill as a veteran mentor for second overall pick Lonzo Ball, while the point guard market for Hill has fallen apart over the past few days.

Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season, but the point guard only played 49 games for the Jazz while dealing with a troublesome toe injury. After playing Game 1 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Warriors, Hill missed the Jazz’s final three games of the season, all losses.

When Utah traded for Ricky Rubio right before free agency began, it was a signal that they wouldn’t attempt to re-sign Hill. While the point guard market was seen as a strong one just a month ago, several teams who needed guards filled their needs in the draft or via trade (Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Sacramento, and Dallas).

Why this makes sense for the Lakers.

Let’s start with the fit. The 6’3 Hill and 6’6 Ball would actually pair together really well in a hypothetical backcourt, especially since both can play off the ball. Hill shot over 40 percent on three-pointers for the second straight season, while Ball shot a large number of his

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