Report: Lakers trying to trade Roy Hibbert to playoff team
When the Lakers traded for Roy Hibbert last summer, they envisioned him anchoring an upgraded defense. They hoped he could work with other veterans – Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass – to form a decent team.
It hasn’t worked.
The Lakers have the NBA’s worst defense, and they allow more points per possession when Hibbert plays. They’re 9-35.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:
Hibbert has never looked worse. He’s too slow and stiff defensively, and he’s a mess offensively. On an expiring contract, he might provide depth to a contender. But it’s difficult for teams to match his $15,592,216 salary without including at least one player more valuable than him.
A potential fit: Boston. The Celtics might rather have Hibbert than David Lee, another washed-up player on a big expiring contract. At least Hibbert would give them flexibility to play a different style with a hulking big man in the middle. If the Lakers are just trying to help Hibbert, that swap wouldn’t hurt them. But it doesn’t help, either. Maybe they could extract a second-rounder from Boston.
Otherwise, Hibbert’s prime value is facilitating a larger trade if a star becomes available – especially because the Lakers’ most valuable trade chips (D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson) make so little money.