Lakers plan to let Jordan Hill’s disabled player exception expire

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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  • Konman

    Man! i would’ve to know what Mitch is thinking about next year… TAX TAX TAX!
    They Luxury Cap is going to hit hard for the players and the Fans. What changes are going to be made to dilute this FAT BILL! i don’t see them keeping Paul unless they let go of howard with a Trade or the option of Amnesty of the Mamba ….i know speech-less to think , but if you do it as a business commitment with in the HOUSE of signing him back as soon as possible. I’m sure the League will be pissed off, but the league brought all this Against the LAKERS… Why not do it? …. I’m sure kobe wouldn’t mind doing it… and to think about, you could still keep Paul and howard for next season, the down fall is being able to sign Kobe Back…… that grace period is some time in Dec

    • Keoki Sing

      They will eat the bill for this year and the next in hopes for a Championship with this roster.