The Lakers acquired Jordan Hill from the Houston Rockets just prior to the Trade Deadline for a first-round pick and Derek Fisher. Hill played well in limited minutes for the Lakers through the last third of the season and through the postseason.
Jordan Hill is a 6-10 backup big man that could provide that athletic shot-blocker the Wolves need, while still being able to start Pekovic and bring Hill of the bench.
Michael Beasley was a target for the Lakers before the deadline and there was a last second deal that nearly went through. It was a three-team trade with L.A., Portland and Minnesota. The Lakers would've gotten Beasley, Minnesota would've got Derek Fisher and Jamal Crawford and the Blazers would've likely got Steve Blake. The holdup was that Kahn/Glen Taylor didn't want to pay Derek Fisher's salary this year and next.
With Metta World Peace's (Ron Artest) future with the Lakers in question (a potential amnesty candidate) it would make sense for the Lakers to acquire Beasley. Also, the Lakers' other two small forwards: Matt Barnes & Devin Ebanks are free agents this summer.
Because free agency doesn't start until July, a sign-and-trade deal like this couldn't happen until then.
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