With injuries to
The Lakers worked out several players and had discussions with free-agent forward
If they wanted, the Lakers could petition the league again and presumably receive permission a second time to use the hardship exception. If they took advantage of it, they would need to get back down to 15 players once Kelly returned.
The second-year forward is roughly three to four weeks away. He was seen jogging Sunday on an anti-gravity treadmill that lowered impact on his body at the team's practice facility.
In addition to showing interest in Clark, currently playing in the
While the hardship exception wouldn't give the Lakers any additional spending tools outside of the roster spot, the team was granted two disabled player exceptions for Nash ($4.9 million) and Randle ($1.5 million).
The Lakers would likely save their disabled player exceptions for other opportunities, perhaps in a trade before the Feb. 19 deadline.
Ronnie the realist
Ronnie Price wasn't overjoyed Sunday when given the starting nod over
"Guys can start the game, but what matters is who's finishing it," he said. "I've started before in my career and played 12 minutes a night as a starter."
Price had three points and three assists in 26 minutes of the Lakers' 104-87 loss to New Orleans. Price finished the game, not Lin, who had three points and four assists in 19 minutes.
Bresnahan is a Times staff writer.