Celtics Receive Disabled Player Exception

The NBA has granted a disabled player exception to the Celtics for the injury suffered by Danilo Gallinari, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. The DPE is worth $3.23MM, which is half of Gallinari’s salary for this season, and can be used through March 10.

Gallinari suffered a torn left ACL in August while playing for Italy in a World Cup qualifying game. He underwent knee surgery in late September and is expected to miss the entire season.

The 34-year-old swingman signed a two-year contract with Boston in free agency after spending the last two seasons with the Hawks. He has a player option on the second year of the deal that he’s almost certain to exercise considering the injury.

Disabled player exceptions can be used to sign a free agent, to claim a player off waivers, or to acquire a player in a trade. They can only be used to add one player and must be used on a one-year contract (ie. a free agent can only be signed for one year and a waiver claim or trade acquisition must be in the final year of his deal).

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