By Eric Pincus
January 15, 2013, 8:52 p.m.
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.
For those of you who are not familiar with much CBA stuff, the disabled player exception is granted to teams who have players that are injured for extended periods of time. This exception, according to the article, would grant the lakers an additional 1.78 million dollars that will be available to them temporarily. It is not permanent. They can sign a player with this exception, or they can use it in a trade to help make salaries work a little bit. This will give them additional flexibility if moves were to be made. Mitch has shown what he can do with these exceptions, such as the exception that was used to reel Nash over here.
If I am Mitch, I would try to use this exception to buy a first rounder from someone. We can't keep dodging the draft like this (not intended to be humorous here).