The Lakers are looking to trade Roy Hibbert to a team that is likely to make the playoffs, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports (on Twitter). Hibbert is set to be a free agent this summer. He waived nearly all of a $2.3MM trade kicker in order to join Los Angeles. The Lakers acquired Hibbert in July in exchange for a second round pick.
There is a decent chance that the Lakers will find it challenging to move Hibbert because of his expiring contract. He is in the final year of a deal paying him $15.5MM. What’s more, Hibbert has struggled as of late and his statistics, particularly his minutes per game and points per game, have been in decline each month after a solid start to the season. He is averaging 6.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Still, there are some things to like about Hibbert this season. He has started in each of the Lakers’ 43 games. The eighth-year veteran has also reportedly been a positive influence for the younger players on the Lakers. It is unclear which playoff team would be interested in Hibbert because several of the top-tier teams do not have a need for a center.