Pelicans Granted Disabled Player Exception

The league has awarded the Pelicans a $2.75MM disabled player exception because of the injury to Alexis Ajinca, Adrian Wojnarowski of tweets. Ajinca had surgery on his right knee back in October and is expected to miss the entire 2017/18 season.

While the exception gives the 23-20 Pelicans the ability to add another contributor, their financial situation will make them think long and hard about taking on additional salary. New Orleans is approximately $706K below the luxury tax and roughly $1.29MM below the hard cap, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks points out (ESPN Now link).

Disabled player exceptions are rarely used, as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors notes in our glossary entry explaining them. However, it does give the team some flexibility should an advantageous deal present itself.

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2 thoughts on “Pelicans Granted Disabled Player Exception

    • Luke Adams

      It can be used in a trade, but can’t technically be traded itself.

      If a team were to trade a player making $2.75MM to the Pelicans and got no players back, that team could create a new $2.75MM trade exception.

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