With the Los Angeles Lakers losing Jordan Hill for the season due to a hip injury that will require surgery, the team's front office is reportedly considering using a disabled player exception as of Jan. 13 according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times:
The Lakers are eligible to apply for the exception, which would give the team an additional $1.78 million in spending power.
"We'll look into it," said Kupchak. "We have until Tuesday."
This exception can be used by the team to sign a free agent or acquire a player via trade that is set to become a free agent next summer.
The Lakers' front office must apply for this exception by Jan. 15 and with Hill out at least six months while recovering from hip surgery, the team is eligible for such an exception.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has let it be known that the team is considering applying for the exception, but with $30 million in luxury taxes already, it's uncertain whether or not the team will go through with a free-agent signing or another trade.
Delonte West was rumored to be a target of the Lakers along with added interest from veteran forward Kenyon Martin, but it remains to be seen if the team is willing to roll the dice on either veteran.
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