The Lakers have until January 15 to request a disabled players exception for Jordan Hill. If granted the team
would gain an exception worth half of Jordan's $3.56 million salary. So $1.78 million that can be used to sign a player outright - although it can only be used on a one-year deal.
Addtionally it can be used in trade - the Lakers would be able to acquire a player making up to $1.88 million without sending any salary out - although by new rules, the player coming in can only be on a one-year deal.
There's no guarantee the team applies for it - no guarantee the league grants it - but if the Lakers were interested, they only have a few days to put it in.
“I feel like I let down the team,” said Hill. “I let down the fans.”
According to the Lakers, Hill was examined by team doctor Steve Lombardo and hip specialist Dr. Jason Snibbe Friday and underwent an anthrogram test. The test revealed “loose fragments in addition to a possible labral tear” in the hip, which will require surgery, the team said.
Hill was hurt Sunday against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
“Andre Miller drove baseline and Kobe [Bryant], trying to go back and guard him, he accidentally stepped on my foot,” he said. “Like, I stayed in one spot but my hip kept going. It kind of pulled the joint out.”
Hill will get a second opinion before setting a date for the procedure but he noted it’s inevitable.
“I definitely need surgery. It’s definitely mandatory,” said the Lakers forward/center. “I have fragments floating around that need to be out.”
The recovery period should take all the way through to the summer.
Doc Brown wrote:Hill in no way, shape, or form let the team down. He is probably the only one on the team that brought it offensively and defensively every night.
One of the few that made this team bearable to watch. Every player on the team should look at Hill and realize you don't need touches or need to play at a certain spot on the floor to impact the game in a big way.
V.V.V.V.V. wrote:What's up with Kobe and his habit of accidentally hurting his teammates?
Jordan Craig Hill @jordanchill43
Lol boy I be depressed on dat sideline boy
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Just landed in Nashville...surgery tomrrw...pray for me
Kevin Ding: It's not over for sure for Jordan Hill (hip) this season, btw. If Lakers are still playing in June (!), @jordanchill43 might be there. Twitter