NBA Trade Deadline: Brooklyn, New Orleans leaders for Jordan Hill, Hawks interested

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn and New Orleans are emerging as the leaders in pursuit for the Lakers' Jordan Hill per a report by ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne.

The Lakers' Jordan Hill is becoming the target of several teams armed with Disabled Player Exceptions. ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that Brooklyn and New Orleans are emerging as leaders for Hill but that Atlanta and Charlotte had also expressed interest.

The Hawks were granted a disabled player exception when Al Horford was lost for the season. The move would allow them to absorb Hill's salary for the remainder of the season. The Lakers are motivated to move Hill and others to decrease their current luxury tax bill. The Hawks have also been mentioned in regards to center Chris Kamen.

Atlanta is facing a dilemma as injuries have ravaged their frontcourt. Horford is out for the season with a torn pectoral and Pero Antic is still recovering from a stress fracture in his ankle. Gustavo Ayon suffered a shoulder injury Tuesday night leaving Atlanta with Elton Brand as its only healthy option.

The Hawks will have a roster spot to work with on Thursday as Cartier Martin's 2nd 10-day contract expires leaving them with 14 players and one below the league maximum.

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