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By SI Wire
November 10, 2014

The Lakers have been granted a roster exemption that will allow them to sign a player to replace the injured Julius Randle, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Randle, the seventh pick in this year's draft, was injured in his first career NBA game on Oct. 28. He fractured his left tibia and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

The Lakers have until March 10 to sign a player worth up to $1.5 million, half of Randle's salary, Stein reports. He adds that the Lakers do not appear to be in any rush to use the exemption.

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The Thunder were granted a hardship waiver last week after a rash of injuries decimated their roster. 

Stein adds that the Lakers are also exploring the possibility of trading the expiring contract of point guard Steve Nash, who is out for the season with a back injury.

The Lakers lost their first five games before beating the Hornets on Sunday for their first win of the season.

- Dan Gartland

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