Los Angeles Lakers May Seek Disabled Players Exception for Jordan Hill

by January 14, 2013

According to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, the team could apply for an exception allowing them to add another player to the roster now that Jordan Hill’s season has been cut short. Per the LA 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.’ A disabled player exception can be used to sign a free agent for up to one season. It can also be used to acquire a player (making up to $1.88 million) via trade, as long as that player will be a free agent this summer. The deadline for a team to apply for a disabled player exception is Jan. 15. The injured player must be considered sidelined until at least June 15. If granted, the Lakers would have another tool to add to the roster, along with the $1.59 million remaining of their mid-level exception. The team also has three trade exceptions, the biggest of which is $1.42 million from the Luke Walton trade. The Lakers have 14 players on their roster, one spot available should they look to sign a free agent. “