Few Options for Lakers’ Player Exception
February 1, 2013
The Lakers were recently awarded a disabled player exception for the injured center Jordan Hill (hip), giving the team an additional spending tool.
The exception can be used to sign a player for up to $1,781,800 through the remainder of the season. It can be used to trade for a player in the final year of his contract, making up to $1,881,800. In either case, the player cannot be under contract as of July 1.
The following is a list of players who make more than the minimum but still fit within the Lakers’ disabled player exception (in the final year of their deals):
Ivan Johnson, Atlanta Hawks – $962,195
Dominique Jones, Dallas Mavericks – $1,276,560
Jeff Pendergraph, Indiana Pacers – $1,500,000
Sebastian Telfair, Phoenix Suns – $1,567,500
Nolan Smith, Portland Trail Blazers – $1,365,720
DeJuan Blair, San Antonio Spurs – $1,054,000
Martell Webster, Washington Wizards – $1,750,000
Exceptions cannot be combined, so while the Lakers did gain a tool to try to replace Jordan Hill, it’s not a particularly powerful one unless one of seven players above are available and desired by the Lakers.
via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times
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