According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Lakers PF/C Jordan Hill will not need surgery on the herniated disk in his back and, if everything goes well, should be able to play in their season opener on Oct. 30.
Hill will likely miss practice over the next two weeks as he tries to rehabilitate the injury, although the timetable for his return will depend on how his back responds to the treatment.
The Lakers acquired Hill in a deal with the Rockets at last season's trade deadline, and he emerged as a reliable back-up at both the power forward and center positions, averaging 5 points and 6 rebounds on 43 percent shooting in the post-season.
LA signed Hill to a 2-year, $8 million contract in the off-season and they're counting on him to provide rebounding and athleticism behind Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
In his absence, the Lakers will turn to Antawn Jamison, Earl Clark and maybe even second-round pick Robert Sacre for front-court depth.