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Report: Lakers trying to trade Roy Hibbert to playoff team

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 30: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Roy Hibbert #17 looks on during the third quarter at TD Garden on December 30, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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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.