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Though he has yet to be moved, George Hill remains one of the players mentioned most in terms of guys who could be on the move before today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Jones said the Kings and the Cavaliers have continued discussions about a possible swap.
“Hill to Cleveland has been discussed for weeks, with guard Iman Shumpert the key player who would come to the Kings,” he said. “Hill’s $20 million salary for this season has been a hangup in negotiations, as has the fact the Kings would likely have to take at least two players, meaning they’d have to cut down their roster. They’re not inclined to part with a young player like Malachi Richardson.”
Jones writes the Rockets could acquire Hill if the Kings were willing to take Ryan Anderson back in return.
“The Kings could do a one-for-one swap with Houston if they were willing to take forward Ryan Anderson, sources said,” he writes. “But Anderson, the former Oak Ridge High School and Cal star, has two more seasons left on his deal worth in excess of $41 million – the kind of contract the Kings want to avoid.”
Jones said the Kings could end up holding on to Hill, with an eye on moving him this summer.
“If the Kings don’t trade Hill, he would remain a valuable trade asset for them in the summer, or into next season, because his three-year, $57 million contract has a buyout option in the third year,” he said. “That makes him appealing to a suitor who only wants to commit to him for one season.”