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Solomon Hill replaced in Pelicans’ starting unit amid inclusion in Anthony Davis trade with Lakers

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The New Orleans Pelicans replaced small forward Solomon Hill with rookie swingman Kenrich Williams in the starting lineup on Monday against the Indiana Pacers, according to Andrew Lopez of Nola.com.

The change in the starting lineup comes in the wake of reports about Solomon Hill being included in a possible Anthony Davis trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.

If that is the case, then the Pelicans don’t want to run the risk of Hill getting hurt. With that said, he probably won’t play at all on Monday versus Indiana.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier on Monday that the Lakers are offering Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and two first-round picks to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis and Hill. The 27-year-old Hill is making $12 million this season and owed $12.7 million next campaign, the final year of his contract.

In 34 games this season for the Pelicans, Hill is averaging 4.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. The five-year pro is shooting 38.8 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7. Are the Lakers going to be able to pull this off and acquire AD? Only three more days until we find out.