NBA Trade Rumors: Posturing continues in Jordan Hill chase

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The race to acquire Jordan Hill from the Lakers appears to be stuck in mud due to Los Angeles demand for a 2nd round pick.

Several teams are reportedly still chasing the Lakers' Jordan Hill but they are reluctant to part with the second round pick that Los Angeles is asking for. The Nets appear to still be the frontrunner although some reports suggest their interest is waning.

The Hawks were one of the teams that had reportedly inquired about Hill but things have gone silent as the afternoon has progressed. The Lakers are looking to unload Hill to obtain savings on their luxury tax bill. Customarily a team in the Lakers' position might have to part with a pick of their own to obtain that real money savings. Instead it is Los Angeles who is asking for a pick in return.

Hill to the Hawks makes a lot of sense given Atlanta's frontcourt situation. However, its hard to see General Manager Danny Ferry giving away a second round draft pick to apply a band aid to the roster. All of Ferry's moves thus far have been future based and its difficult to see him deviating from that path now.

As deadline ticks down it will be interesting to see if the Lakers blink and give on their demands. Or if like an Ebay auction, someone runs in at the deadline with the winning bid and scores Hill.

UPDATE

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck reports the Nets are out on Jordan Hill:

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