Lakers News: Team Given Disabled Player Exception For Julius Randle's Injury

The Los Angeles Lakers now have the option to add a player to replace 2014 first-round draft pick Julius Randle after he went down with a leg fracture in the team's season opener.

Per ESPN's Marc Stein, "sources told that the Lakers were granted the exception, valued at $1.5 million, after it was determined that Randle is “substantially” more likely than not to miss the remainder of his first pro season."

As stated in the league's policy on the matter, Los Angeles can utilize the exception to sign a free-agent replacement for Randle with a contract up to $1,498,680, or 50 percent of Randle’s rookie salary.

If the Lakers choose to use the exception via trade, they can take on up to $1,598,680 as trades via said exception allow for an extra $100,000 to be spent. However, in a trade scenario, the Los Angeles Lakers can only deal for a player who is in the final year of his current contract.

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