The NBA granted the Lakers a disabled player exception Wednesday for the injured Jordan Hill.
The exception, which expires March 11, can be used to sign a free agent for $1,781,800 or in trade to acquire a player making up to $1,881,800.
Hill was injured Jan. 6 against the Denver Nuggets and underwent hip surgery Jan. 23. Four days later he was able to visit the team at Staples Center, hobbling on forearm crutches.
The Lakers can use the exception to add a player in the final year of their contract. A free-agent signing would be limited through the remainder of the season.