League sources said Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill will not need surgery for a herniated disc in his back, making him available for the Oct. 30 season opener, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Lakers extended Hill -- who was acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets -- to be the team's primary frontline backup to Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
Hill, 25, will undergo core strength training on his back to rehabilitate the injury, sources said. He could return to practice within 10-14 days, but Hill's rehab process will be fluid depending on how his back responds to treatment, sources said.Hill's back injury is the second potential obstacle he's put behind him in the last few weeks. He avoided jail time late last month, receiving one year of probation and domestic violence counseling after pleading no contest to assaulting his former girlfriend, Darlene Luna, in February.