The Lakers plan to let their $1.8 million disabled player exception expire on Monday, according to a team source. The Lakers had applied for the exception stemmed from Jordan Hill’s season-ending hip injury that required surgery, but only wanted the tool out of precautionary measures.
The Lakers could have used the tool either to acquire a free agent or acquire a player making up to $1.9 million through a trade. The latter option expired following the Feb. 21 trade deadline. The Lakers can still sign a player using a mini mid-level exception worth $1.59 million. They can also acquire a free agent at minimum salary or a 10-day contract.
But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has repeatedly suggested they will stay put with their current 14-player roster. The Lakers have already committed $100 million to their payroll this season.
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