Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team applied for a disabled players exception for Jordan Hill, who has said he will have surgery on his left hip and is expected to be out at least six months.
“There’s no downside,” Kupchak said in a brief interview with this newspaper. “It gives us more flexibility. It’s not like we’re anticipating using it, but you never know.”
The injured player must be considered sidelined until at least June 15. Assuming the NBA grants them the exception, the Lakers would have an additional $1.78 million to spend. They could use that to sign a free agent for up to one season or acquire a player making up to $1.88 million through a trade.
Does Kupchak believe he needs to add a player to his 14-player roster.
“No,” he said. “Earl Clark, unexpectedly, seems to have stepped up and provided minutes at that position. We still have a full roster so we’ll see.”
Clark entered the Lakers’ game Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks averaging 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in 30.5 minute through four games while Pau Gasol remains sidelined with a concussion.