Could Grant Hill follow Steve Nash to Hollywood? Can you picture him coming off the bench for he Los Angeles Lakers?
Maybe. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (and NBC SportsTalk regular) tweeted this recently:
Grant Hill will either join Steve Nash and the Lakers or retire, a source close to the veteran forward told me.
Hill, at age 39, is certainly on the back end of his career but can still contribute. Last season he gave the Suns a solid 28 minutes and 10.2 points per game.
The Lakers have the mini mid-level exception left ($3 million a year) and certainly went into a win-now mode by agreeing to trade for Nash. They have propped open a championship window that seemed to be closing.
The question is do they need Hill as a backup swingman or do they need to use that money to secure a quality backup point guard to keep Nash’s minutes down? Also, who can they get for their money right now?
Just something to watch. Hill may retire, but you know the Lakers will at least consider this.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.