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Lakers decline Jordan Hill's contract option for coming season

Lakers decline Jordan Hill's contract option for coming season
Lakers forward Jordan Hill reaches for a rebound during a win over the Boston Celtics on Feb. 22, 2015. (Harry How / Getty Images)

The Lakers have declined their team option on Jordan Hill's contract, making the forward/center an unrestricted free agent in July, according to a person with access to the NBA's daily transactions.

Hill signed a two-year, $18-million contract last season, with the second year at the team's discretion.

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The team will still hold his rights, although as a free agent, he'll take up $13.5 million of the team's spending power with his cap hold.

The Lakers will need to renounce Hill to remove his salary completely from their books.

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Once they do, along with similar free agents like Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin, the Lakers could have almost $23 million in spending power in free agency.

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The team is hoping to lure a top free agent in July, like Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge or Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.

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The Lakers also can look to re-sign Hill, if they strike out with their top choices in free agency.

Through 70 games with the team last season, Hill averaged 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds a game

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The Lakers have yet to announce their decision on Hill.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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