REPORT: Lakers would stretch Solomon Hill’s contract if included in Anthony Davis, Pelicans trade
If the Los Angeles Lakers pull off the Anthony Davis trade with the New Orleans Pelicans which has them taking on small forward Solomon Hill, the team would reportedly use the stretch provision on Hill’s contract during the summer, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Solomon Hill is owed $12,758,781 next season, the final year of his deal. The Lakers would stretch that final season over three years if they acquire the veteran swingman from the Pelicans.
The Lakers would use the stretch provision on Solomon Hill's $12.2 million contract for next season during the summer, per source.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 4, 2019
The Lakers are clearly looking to open up more cap room. The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement implemented the stretch provision to allow teams to spread a player’s cap hit over multiple seasons. If the Lakers acquire Anthony Davis, the team wants to have money in the summer so they can sign another superstar to pair alongside LeBron James and AD.
The fact that the Lakers are already leaking out what they plan to do with Hill makes it feel like a Davis trade is really close to happening. Hill is averaging 4.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season in New Orleans while shooting 38.8 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. The 27-year-old is making $12,252,928 this season.