Lakers’ general manager, Mitch Kupchak, confirmed that the team applied for the exception, which would allow the Lakers to sign a player for around $1.78 million. The Lakers became eligible to apply for the player exception when it was announced that Jordan Hill would require season ending hip surgery.
It is not certain that the league will grant the exception, nor that the team has an intention to use it:
“There’s no downside (to receiving the exception),” Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “You never know what could happen.”
With Hill out, and Gasol being in and out of the lineup with various injuries this season, some additional depth up front wouldn’t hurt the Lakers.
The reason why the Lakers might not need to sign anyone is the improved play of Earl Clark, who only played garbage minutes until Howard, Gasol and Hill were all out with injuries. In the Lakers’ last 5 games Clark is averaging 11.2 points and 10 rebounds.
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