Jordan Hill expected to recover from hip surgery in six months

MEMPHIS — After having surgery Wednesday morning in Nashville to treat his left hip, Lakers reserve forward Jordan Hill is expected to be sidelined for six months.

That’s the estimate doctors initially told Hill would take, but he received a second opinion Monday just to receive clarity on the timetable. Dr. Thomas Byrd performed the surgery, which entailed removing loose fragments, repairing a torn labrum and a procedure to repair cartilage. Hill will be reevaluated in a month,

Hill, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes, injured his left hip in the Lakers’ loss Jan. 6th against the Denver Nuggets.

The Lakers applied for a disabled players exception for Hill. The NBA is expected to approve it considering players must be sidelined until at least June 15. The exception would give the Lakers an additional $1.78 million 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.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently said he doesn’t feel he needs to add anyone to their 14-player roster, particularly with Earl Clark’s emergence.

“There’s no downside,” Kupchak said. “It gives us more flexibility. It’s not like we’re anticipating using it, but you never know.”

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