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Jordan Hill undergoes hip surgery, expected to be out six months

Nuggets center JaVale McGee misses a dunk attempt over Jordan Hill in the first half of game Jan. 6, during which Hill was injured.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Jordan Hill underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair his injured left hip.

Performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Hill had loose fragments removed from the joint. He also had a torn labrum repaired and a microfracture procedure to heal damaged cartilage.

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Hill is expected to be out for six months. He will be re-evaluated by Byrd in February.

The Lakers forward/center was injured Jan. 6 against the Denver Nuggets.

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Hill signed a two-year deal with the Lakers over the summer for $7.1 million. The team has requested a disabled player exception from the league, which would give the team an added $1.78 million to $1.88 million in spending power.

With Hill sidelined, Earl Clark has played well, but the Lakers have struggled to get wins.

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


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