Lakers will keep Jordan Hill

Jordan Hill, a late-season bloomer for the Los Angeles Lakers last year, is set to sign a deal with the team after a protracted free-agency courtship.

Hill will sign a two-year deal worth “a little less” than $8 million, a league source told on Friday. Hill’s decision came down to the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, with Hill accepting less money to stay in L.A., according to the source. The contract also includes incentives that can increase his overall compensation.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made one of his first calls at the start of free agency on July 1 to Hill’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, but for a variety of reasons — the Lakers’ pursuit of Dwight Howard and Hill receiving attention from other teams among them — it took nearly three weeks to strike a deal.

– Reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles