The Los Angeles Lakers have been bluntly open in stating that they will not buyout the contract of their big man Roy Hibbert and are making room to ship him out and might consider discussions with the Phoenix Suns for a possible offseason trade with Tyson Chandler.
Since the Lakers got Hibbert in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, they hoped for an enforcer inside the paint that would protect the rim and pile up rebound numbers. But ever since Hibbert put on the Lakers uniform, the former Georgetown Hoya could not deliver what was expected of him as he only averages 6.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks which is worse than when he was playing in Indiana.
As a Laker, Hibbert has a base salary of $15,514,031. He has a cap hit of $15,592,216 while his dead money value is $15,514,031. With that, the Lakers are looking for a replacement for Hibbert that will not only be an enforcer inside the paint but will also ease their salary cap so as to land possible stars when the free agency opens.
The Lakers might consider looking at the possibility of acquiring the services of Phoenix Suns’ Tyson Chandler. Chandler signed a four-year contract with the Suns amounting to $52 million and an annual average salary of $13 million.
The Lakers might consider this one-on-one trade that will benefit them as Chandler has proven time and again that he plays hard for whatever team he plays. Chandler averages 5.9 points with 8.5 rebounds with the Suns, which if the trade goes well, will prove more of a help for the Lakers as they try to move on with the retirement of Kobe Bryant and the future of their franchise.
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