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Lakers limping along with partial roster
Lakers limping along with partial roster

The Lakers were granted a hardship exception by the NBA last week to increase their roster to 16 players but decided against using it before it expired two days later. With injuries to Xavier Henry (Achilles'), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg) and Ryan Kelly (hamstring), the Lakers have had just 11 healthy players the last two weeks. The normal regular-season maximum is 15 players. The Lakers worked out several players and had discussions with free-agent forward Earl Clark before declining to add a 16th player. 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...

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