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Los Angeles Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Lakers to sign Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert in a trade

After failing to lure prized free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, the Los Angeles Lakers are near to make an agreement to acquire Indiana Pacers All-star center Roy Hibbert through a trade.

Both teams are still in the process of discussing the final framework of the trade that would bring Hibbert to the Lakers. If the trade will push through, the Lakers will absorbed Hibbert into the salary cap of the team.

The Lakers will absorb Hibbert’s $15.5 million salary for next season into their salary-cap space, sources told ESPN.

Mike Bresnahan reports in LA Times that Indiana will receive a future second-round pick in the deal.

If the trade is completed as expected this week, Hibbert, 28, will surely become the Lakers’ starting center. Things will obviously be very different in Los Angeles, as the roster doesn’t play that much defense because they are not that good defenders.

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was clear about wanting to play faster when he spoke to reporters in April, and it was an indication for Hibbert’s departure.

The Lakers need somebody at the center to turn the tide around. Two years ago, Dwight Howard decided to play with the Rockets instead of staying with the Lakers. Moreover, the Lakers are craving for a big man in the free agency, though they did not utilize their second pick for a center in the previously concluded NBA draft.

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