According to General Manager Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers have sent a request to the NBA for a disabled player exception for the injured Jordan Hill.
Hill will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury suffered in a game against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 6. He’ll soon undergo surgery to remove loose bodies and repair a possibly torn labrum in the hip.
A disabled player exception can be awarded to a team when a player is projected to be out for the season (until at least June 15). Hill said his recovery is expected to take six months.
If the league grants the Lakers’ request, the team would gain an additional $1.78 million in spending power (half of Hill’s contract this season). The Lakers can use the exception to sign a player for the remainder of the season. It can also be used in trade to acquire a player in the final year of his contract, making up to $1.88 million.
The deadline for any team to file for a disabled player exception during the 2012-13 NBA season was Tuesday. Kupchak said he wasn’t sure when he would hear back from the league but he doesn’t expect it to be much longer than a week.
He also noted the NBA needs to evaluate all the medical records to verify that the injury and timeline for recovery are legitimate.