LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a setback last month when they lost recent free-agent signing DeMarcus Cousins to a knee injury that will likely sideline him for the year.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the team has "applied for a $1.75 [million] disabled player exception from the projected season-ending injury" to Cousins.
The Lakers can use the disabled player exception to sign a free agent or claim a player off waivers with a salary up to $1.75 million or in trade up to $1.85 million.
They can sign any available free agent to a two-year minimum contract (paying up to $2.6 million in the first season) without using the disabled player exception.
Minimum contracts decrease throughout the year, depending on the date signed; disabled player exceptions do not.