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Jordan Hill's attorney hoping to resolve assault case soon

September 24, 2012|By Ben Bolch

Jordan Hill's attorney said late Monday night that he hopes to reach "some kind of resolution" in the felony assault case involving the Lakers power forward by the time the team opens training camp Oct. 2, or shortly thereafter.

"I hope within the next week or two we can get something done," attorney Rusty Hardin Jr. said in a telephone interview.

Hill faces third-degree felony assault charges for allegedly choking a former girlfriend in February. He was playing for the Houston Rockets at the time.

Should the case proceed to trial, Hardin said, it would not be a distraction for Hill until after a season that is expected to stretch into June. Hill faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

"There's not going to be a trial during the season," Hardin said, "not because he's a [pro] basketball player but because of the normal progression of the trial setting. It would be sometime next year."

Hill signed a two-year, $7-million contract with the Lakers in July after playing well late in the regular season and in the playoffs, when he logged three double-doubles in a span of six games.

"He's very eager to get this behind him and concentrate on playing basketball," Hardin said.

An attorney representing the Harris County (Texas) district attorney's office did not return a call seeking comment.

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