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Brooklyn Nets want Jordan Hill, but face big tax hit

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Sam Amick reports that the Nets would love to add Jordan Hill to their roster, but face a tough decision: is what could be a three month rental of the 6'10" center-power forward enough to justify a salary and tax hit that may reach $17 million.

Hill makes $3.5 million this season and because he's an expiring contract, the Nets can use their Disabled Player Exception from Brook Lopez''s injury to acquire him without sending anything significant to L.A. The Nets would retain his Early Bird Rights, which would permit them to resign him for up to a four year deal.

Steve Kyler said the Lakers, who are trying to get under the luxury tax threshold, could part with Hill for a second round pick.

Meanwhile, the deal for Marcus Thornton appears closer with Adrian Wojnarowski, Jared Zwerling and Brett Poirier of Sheridan Hoops all suggesting the deal could happen soon.  In the last iteration of those rumors, the Nets would send Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to Sacramento for Thornton.

Meanwhile, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports strong interest around the league in Bojan Bogdanovic, but so far the Nets have resisted trading his rights.

Teams have shown interest in Bogdanovic, the Nets second round pick in the 2011 draft that has drawn comparisons to Peja Stojakovic, but the Nets have shown no indications that they are willing to deal the Croatian prospect.

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