According to a team spokesman, the Lakers will let their disabled player exception of $1.8 million expire on Monday. The team applied or the exception after learning Jordan Hill would be out for the season in January.
The Lakers could have used the spending tool either to sign a free agent or acquire one via trade (making up to $1.9 million on a one-year deal). Once the Feb. 21 trade deadline lapsed, the latter option expired.
If the Lakers are still looking to sign a player, they have $1.59 million of their mid-level exception remaining. They can also sign a free agent for a minimum salary or a 10-day contract. Given their $100-million payroll (almost $130 million with luxury taxes), it's more likely the team holds with the current group of 14.
The Lakers still have one trade exception remaining ($1.2 million for Christian Eyenga in the Dwight Howard trade) but it is unavailable until after the season. It expires on Aug. 12 and can be used by the Lakers to acquire a player without sending out matching salary.