The Nuggets have been granted a disabled player exception for injured swingman Wilson Chandler, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports (Twitter link). The value of the exception is worth $5,224,719, which is precisely half the amount of Chandler’s $10,449,438 salary for this season. The Nuggets will be permitted to exceed the salary cap in order to add a player thanks to the exception, though the team is still confined to using a maximum of 15 roster slots.
The exception allows Denver to sign or trade for a player, or claim one off waivers, as long as it goes toward someone whose contract doesn’t run past the end of the season. Its value is slightly higher, $5,324,719, for use in trades.
Chandler was diagnosed with a labral tear in his hip back in November and underwent season-ending surgery as a result. The 28-year-old signed a four-year, $46.5MM extension with Denver during the offseason and he was expected to play a major role for the team. This isn’t the first time Chandler has dealt with hip issues, and all told, hip woes have cost him a total of 133 games since 2011.
The swingman’s career numbers are 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists through 445 career contests. Chandler was the No. 23 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.