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Jordan Hill to have hip surgery on Wednesday

The Lakers have requested a disabled player exemption for Jordan Hill, center, who will miss the remainder of the season after hip surgery.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Jordan Hill, after having his injured hip reexamined, will have surgery Wednesday, the Lakers announced.

After getting a second opinion in Nashville by Dr. Thomas Byrd, the Lakers’ backup big man will have his hip repaired on Wednesday morning.

Hill was injured on Jan. 6 against the Denver Nuggets, the same game in which Pau Gasol suffered a concussion and Dwight Howard aggravated a shoulder injury.

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After an initial MRI exam, a more detailed examination showed that Hill has some loose bodies in the hip and may have a torn labrum.

Hill’s initial diagnosis predicted a six-month recovery. The Lakers will issue an update after the surgery.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak recently said the Lakers have applied for a disabled player exception from the league for Hill. If awarded, the Lakers would gain an additional $1.78 million to $1.88 million in spending power via free agency or trade.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.


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