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Sources: Lakers, free-agent guard George Hill in serious talks

Free-agent guard George Hill met with Los Angeles Lakers officials Monday and they are engaging in serious talks about a short-term deal, league sources told ESPN.

The Lakers and Hill have significant mutual interest on pursuing a deal that would allow Hill and No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball to play together, league sources told ESPN.

George Hill started 49 games for the Jazz last season, averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game. Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
The Lakers announced Monday that Ball had signed his rookie contract.

Hill, 31, is a victim of a shrinking point guard market and could potentially parlay a healthy season with the Lakers into a longer-term deal elsewhere next summer. Hill had a problematic toe injury that limited his durability during an otherwise stellar season for the Utah Jazz. He played just 49 games, but averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game.

The Lakers are determined to do one-year contracts in free agency, preserving salary-cap space for 2018 to pursue possible free agents Paul George, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. Before joining the Jazz in a trade last year, Hill spent five seasons as George's teammate with the Indiana Pacers.

The Lakers have also talked with free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo about a one-year deal, including several rounds of calls to front-office officials, coaches and players who've worked with Rondo through the years, league sources said.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19800454/los-angeles-lakers-free-agent-guard-george-hill-serious-talks

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