Team expected to file for disabled player exception with Julius Randle out for season

The 2014-15 season didn’t exactly get off to a great start for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Just days after learning that Steve Nash would be out for the season, their prized 19-year-old rookie, Julius Randle, broke his leg during a non-contact drive to the basket and is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 campaign. Randle underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair his fractured tibia and is expected to make a full recovery. It’s not known whether Nash will attempt to make a comeback next season at the age of 41.

As they did with Nash, the Lakers are expected to apply for a disabled players exception from the league. According to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times, the team could receive $4.9 million in spending if their claim for Nash is approved, and $1.5 million for Randle. The exceptions can be used to sign a player or in a trade but cannot be combined. If the team trade for a player using one of the exceptions, he must be in the last year of his contract for the deal to be legal under the NBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The trade deadline is set for February 19, 2015.

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