Lakers News: Latest Buzz on Roy Hibbert, Jabari Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers largely struck out on big-name free agents but could be on the path to redemption if the latest, biggest news surrounding the historic franchise is any indication.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on the Fourth of July that the Lakers are set to trade for All-Star Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report heard the same, adding the framework was still being worked on to execute the swap.

With apologies to Robert Sacre, L.A. needed a formidable big man like Hibbert to round out a respectable starting five. Hibbert is a capable rim protector and can dominate at times in the post, serving as a suitable complement to Julius Randle up front.'s Matt Moore notes just how effective Hibbert is at altering shots close in the paint:

Considering the Lakers gave up the second-most points in the NBA in 2014-15, Hibbert ought to be a huge help. A fresh atmosphere from his turbulent time in Indiana may be just what Hibbert needs to fully realize his potential.

Hibbert also has just one year remaining on his current contract, so he'll have plenty of motivation to perform well ahead of his next big payday. It may be the perfect storm of circumstances as the Lakers seek to improve upon a woeful previous season.

One free agent L.A. has come to an agreement with is reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams. He joins a compelling perimeter rotation with No. 2 overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell, promising second-year guard Jordan Clarkson and the legendary Kobe Bryant.

Wojnarowski reports volume shooter Nick Young is a strong candidate to be moved to make room for Hibbert's $15.5 million salary. This means Jabari Brown may be on the way to a significant role for the Lakers.

Unfortunately for Brown, he suffered an eye injury in practice on Monday and will likely miss the first two games with the...

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