The Lakers are currently at the league maximum of 15, but with four players out for the season (
According to a team spokesman, the Lakers have discussed the matter internally, but haven't decided if they will use the exception if granted.
The franchise was previously given a hardship exception while
At 16-42, the Lakers aren't aspiring to make the playoffs this season, but they may be able to bring on a prospect to develop. With Nick Young (knee) temporarily sidelined, the Lakers only have three available guards in Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin and
The Lakers could look to their own
Presuming the team might look to add a guard, Jabari Brown, who went through training camp with the Lakers, is averaging 24.3 points a game with the
The Lakers do have a pair of disabled player exceptions, for Steve Nash ($4.9 million) and Julius Randle ($1.5 million), which can be used to sign a player through the remainder of the season. Both exceptions expire March 10.
If the team chooses to pull from the D-League, they would be far more likely to offer a minimum contract rather than use either disabled player exception.