"We’re happy to add a veteran big man to the roster," said General Manager
Hibbert, originally the 17th overall pick in the 2008
The Lakers will absorb his $15.5-million salary into their available cap space. Hibbert is eligible for a 15% trade bonus, worth $2.3 million, but it's possible he waived it to leave the Pacers.
If not, the Pacers are responsible for paying Hibbert's bonus, but the Lakers would need $17.8 million in cap space.
After signing guard
"I'd like to thank Roy for all his contributions during his time in Indiana," said
The Lakers had some concerns the team could get caught in the crossfire of the
"This could [mess] up the whole league," said a team executive, who was not permitted by league rules to comment publicly.
While Jordan did ultimately renege on the his deal with the Mavericks, Bird and the Pacers kept true to their word in honoring a deal reached with the Lakers over the NBA's annual moratorium.
Without Jordan, the Mavericks are in need of a center. The Lakers have filled that hole with a defensive force in Hibbert.