Wizards Apply For Disabled Player Exception

The Wizards have applied for an $8.6MM disabled player exception in the wake of the heel surgery that will keep point guard John Wall out for the rest of the season, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Teams are permitted to seek the exception to replace a player who becomes seriously injured. An NBA-designated doctor must determine that the player is likely to be sidelined through June 15, but there’s little doubt in the case of Wall, who is projected to be out of action for six to eight months.

Clubs that receive the DPE can normally sign a replacement for up to 50% of the injured player’s salary, but it is capped at the level of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, notes Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). That’s why the Wizards are limited to the $8.6MM figure, even though Wall makes more than $19MM this season.

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The DPE doesn’t allow teams to expand their rosters, but that’s not presently an issue for Washington, which has 13 players, one below the league minimum, after waiving Ron Baker on Monday. The Wizards have two weeks to re-add a 14th man.

Wall was released from the hospital today, tweets Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. He played just 32 games this season, posting a 20.7/3.6/8.7 line.

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4 thoughts on “Wizards Apply For Disabled Player Exception

  1. the dude

    Lol drops guys cuz theyre too cheap to pay a tax, applies for help when theyre playoff hopes are shot.

    • the dude

      Bet they wish they had oubre and gortat for their second run without john wall. Hindsight for sure, but how the eff has he gotten extended injury time off between the time he signed a max and the time the max kicked in?

      And people whine about Austin Rivers’ conttact….

      • whuron

        No one in DC wants Gortat. Some liked Oubre, but he doesn’t ever pass (literally, ever). I’m glad he’s gone and others are being given an opportunity.

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