NBA free agency: Lakers to re-sign Jordan Hill to two-year, $18 million deal

The Lakers' Jordan Hill smiles after securing a rebound before a timeout and the lead against the Celtics, Friday, February 21, 2014, at Staples Center. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News)

The Lakers’ Jordan Hill smiles after securing a rebound before a timeout and the lead against the Celtics, Friday, February 21, 2014, at Staples Center. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News)

The Lakers are moving fast and furious in filling out their roster after it became clear neither LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony would come here. The next step entailed re-signing power forward Jordan Hill to a two-year deal worth $18 million, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The deal has a team option on the second season.

Despite posting a career-high 9.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2013-14 season, Hill grew frustrated last season with the Lakers under Mike D’Antoni’s system that featured him having a fluctuating role partly because of his preference for a so-called “small ball” system. Hill became more amenable toward returning to the Lakers. Though Hill suffered from bursts of inconsistency with fatigue, he mostly became a dependable force on rebounding and hustle plays.

This move sends a strong signal that Pau Gasol will not rejoin the Lakers. Gasol has fielded interest with a number of teams, including Oklahoma City, Chicago, Miami and New York, and has said he prefers playing for a championship contender. It appears likely Hill would start at center and pair with rookie power forward Julius Randle.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

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