The Lakers have been granted a hardship exception by the
With injuries to
The normal regular season maximum is 15 players. If the Lakers do take advantage of the hardship exception, they'll need to get back down to 15 once Kelly returns.
The second-year forward is roughly three to four weeks away. On Sunday, Kelly put in some work on the anti-gravity treadmill at the team's practice facility.
The Lakers have been linked to free agent forward
The team also recently worked out free agents
While the hardship exception doesn't give the Lakers any additional spending tools, outside of the roster spot, the franchise was previously granted two disabled player exceptions for Nash ($4.9 million) and Randle ($1.5 million).
If Clark is the answer, his market rate would presumably be a minimum contract.
The Lakers would likely save their disabled player exceptions for other opportunities, perhaps in trade before the Feb. 19 deadline.