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Sources: Lakers' Jordan Hill to be fit for lineup before season opener

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, the top frontline backup to All-Stars Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, doesn't need surgery for a herniated disc in his back and will return to the lineup before the Oct. 30 season opener, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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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.

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The Lakers issued a statement Monday saying that Hill would be re-examined in seven days. The Lakers' back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, examined Hill after Hill played in an exhibition loss to Golden State on Sunday in Fresno, Calif.

Hill signed a two-year contract extension this past summer worth nearly $8 million. He entered training camp in excellent shape and has been impressive in his secondary role to the Lakers' starry frontline. Hill came to the Lakers in February as part of a deal with the Houston Rockets.

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