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.