Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle has undergone surgery to repair the fracture in his right tibia and will be out for the entire 2014-2015 season, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers have also made an official announcement that Randle's season is over.
The break in Randle's leg was "clean," according to Ramona Shelburne, and he is expected to make a full recovery from the injury. This is a tough start to Randle's career, who played just 13 minutes before going down to the ground after driving to the rim. The Lakers depth at power forward took a big hit as the rookie was expected to immediately contribute off the bench through the season, playing behind Carlos Boozer.
Los Angeles can apply for a disabled player exception if they've ruled Randle out, giving them another small exception to either sign or absorb a player to replace Randle on the roster. The front office has already applied for a DPE after Steve Nash was ruled out for the season because of recurring nerve damage, and this would give them another small tool to use for roster adjustment.
The Lakers' roster is now down to 13 active players, with Ryan Kelly and Nick Young still out due to injuries.