Unused Disabled Player Exceptions Expire

Four outstanding disabled player exceptions expired on Monday night when they went unused by a March 12 deadline. As we outlined last week, the Heat, Clippers, Jazz, and Pelicans still had disabled player exceptions available, but were unlikely to use them since the trade deadline had passed and the free agent market lacked impact players.

A disabled player exception can be granted by the NBA when a team has a player go down with an injury deemed to be season-ending. The salary cap exception gives a club some extra flexibility to add an injury replacement by signing a player to a one-year contract, trading for a player in the final year of his contract, or placing a waiver claim on a player in the final year of his contract.

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This season, seven teams received disabled player exceptions from the NBA. Of those seven, three were used on February 8, the day of 2018’s trade deadline. The other four expired this week.

Here’s a full breakdown of the disabled player exceptions for the 2017/18 season:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Brooklyn Nets
  3. Miami Heat
    • Received $5,500,000 DPE for losing Dion Waiters.
    • Not used.
  4. Detroit Pistons
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Utah Jazz
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
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4 thoughts on “Unused Disabled Player Exceptions Expire

    • Luke Adams

      The deadline to apply for a DPE was January 15, so his injury would’ve had to have been viewed at the time as season-ending. I’m not sure an independent physician would’ve signed off on that.


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