The Lakers were granted a $4.85 million disabled-player exception on Tuesday for injured point guard
What that means for a future Lakers' acquisition isn't as straightforward. The exception is a spending tool that can be used to add one player via free agency or a waiver claim. The team can pay that player no more than $4.85 million. It can also use the exception to trade for one player making up to $4.95 million.
Free agents who might be worth close to $5 million include shooter
Teams generally need to send out a player or players to match salary to acquire a player via trade; the exception enables the Lakers to get around that complication.
If a player is on a one- or two-year contract at a minimum salary, he is eligible to be traded without any salary matching. A disabled-player exception is unnecessary in this case -- although if a player is on the third year of a three-year minimum contract, like
Green is also quite valuable to the Warriors. Just because a player fits within the Nash exception doesn't mean he's available in trade -- often the opposite.
Another example is
The league may give the Lakers permission to temporarily increase their roster to 16 via a hardship exception. The Lakers have four injured players (
The Lakers are expected to sign free-agent forward
To use the disabled-player exception, the Lakers would have to open an additional roster spot.
The list of players who are mathematically attainable within the Nash disabled-player exception is relatively long:
Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green
New Orleans Pelicans:
Philadelphia 76ers: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved
Note that the Lakers also have a $1.5-million disabled-player exception for Julius Randle (leg). The list of players available is a subset of the aforementioned named.
Additionally, some players are not eligible to be traded until mid-December or January.