Report: Lakers to apply for disabled player exception to replace Steve Nash

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The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement provides some small relief to teams dealing with players that are injured to the point where they’ll miss the bulk of the season.

The Lakers and Steve Nash are a prime example.

Nash has been ruled out for the entire year due to ongoing nerve issues stemming from a back injury, so L.A. is eligible to apply for an exception it can use to add another player to replace him. But there are plenty of restrictions involved, which may make it difficult for the Lakers to use it once it is granted.

From Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:

Lakers will apply for disabled player exception following Nash news. If granted, exception would be worth roughly $4.85 million.

Any player the Lakers acquire, either via trade or waiver claim, must be in the final year of his current contract, and fit into that allocated salary spot.

Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times took a complete look at L.A.’s options where Nash is concerned, and none of them are all that appealing.  The Lakers are simply doing their due diligence by applying for this exception, but it’s far from guaranteed that they’ll be able to find a meaningful way to use it.