Nets Granted Disabled Player Exception

The Nets have been granted a disabled player exception following the loss of Spencer Dinwiddie, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Dinwiddie underwent ACL reconstruction surgery after suffering a partially torn ACL early in the season.

A cap exception designed to give teams extra flexibility when a player suffers a season-ending injury, the disabled player exception can be used to sign a free agent, to claim a player off waivers, or to acquire a player in a trade. The Nets’ new DPE has a value of $5,727,024 – half of Dinwiddie’s $11,454,048 salary for 2020/21 – so any player signed or acquired with the exception can’t be earning more than that amount (plus $100K).

The exception can only be used on a single player and can only accommodate a player on a one-year deal. A free agent signee can’t get a multiyear contract, and any trade or waiver target must be in the final year of his contract.

[RELATED: 2020/21 NBA Disabled Player Exceptions]

While the DPE doesn’t create an extra roster spot for a team, that’s not an issue for the Nets, who currently have three openings on their 15-man roster. Norvel Pelle will reportedly fill one of the three, but that still leaves two available.

Since the Nets also still have the full taxpayer mid-level exception ($5.718MM) on hand, the DPE may end up being more useful on the trade market. Brooklyn will have until April 19 to use it.

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4 thoughts on “Nets Granted Disabled Player Exception

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    That’s two good signings, could be. Faried is out there somewhere. Don’t get why he is not signed. He had a great run with Rockets in 2019. Good D player.
    2019 stats 24.4 mins, 8.2 reb, 13 pts, .587 FG%, .350 3PT %. He’s only 31. I can think of a few teams he can help. Nets are perfect for him.
    Nets can also trade Dinwiddie. Knicks would take him

    link to basketball-reference.com

    • SharifB

      Faried is normally a good option except for the last time he was in Brooklyn he didn’t last long

      • KnickerbockerAl

        I just remember when he got picked up with Rockets He had a great run Reb and playing D. It’s exactly what they need. He can guard that big wing.

  2. stevep-4

    Bulls still have Cristiano Felicio available…Nets should not sleep on that opportunity.

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