Hawks and Bucks get granted disabled player exceptions

  • Ben Parker


The NBA has decided to grant both the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks disabled player exceptions as a result of players getting injured for the rest of the season according to Yahoo! Sports.  The Hawks have been granted $5.25M for the loss of Al Horford to a torn pectoral muscle and the Bucks have been granted $1.75M  for the loss of Carlos Delfino to a foot injury.

In case you don’t know what a disabled player exception is, sportingcharts.com explains it very nicely:

This exception allows a team to replace a player who has been injured and will be out the rest of the season or for the entire next season (if the injury occurs during the off-season).  This exception may also be used in the tragic case of a player’s death.The team’s selected replacement player may be signed for a maximum salary of either 50% of the injured player’s salary, or the mid-level exception for a non-luxury tax paying team, whichever is less.  Since this exception is dependent on a player being seriously injured, it requires an NBA-assigned physician to verify the extent of the injury.  An example of this exception in action is when the Portland Trailblazers used it to sign replacement players when number one draft pick Greg Oden went down with multiple knee injuries.  The new Collective Bargaining Agreement allows a team to sign a replacement player for only one year, down from five years under the previous CBA.

One more detail on the Disabled Player Exception is that it expires on the 10th of March and can be used in either trades or signing free agents. For the Bucks, they can go out and sign a veteran free agent like maybe Mickael Pietrus or somebody else of that nature, but they probably aren’t going to be able to make a significant move with this, especially since they are practically irrelevant in the NBA playoff picture. As for the Hawks, getting a nice $5.25M boost could actually get them something and they are in the mix for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. If they can lock up the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference thanks to this exception, it will be well worth the work to get the exception. I know the Utah Jazz for example have guys with expiring contracts that they’d like to unload, and the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to trade Thaddeus Young.

The Hawks will use this exception to make a decent move, which is why this news is important for the rest of the Eastern Conference. This probably doesn’t shake up how things ultimately end in the East with the Pacers and Heat ending up in the Conference Finals, but if the Hawks can pick up another valuable weapon and go against a Heat team that is battling injury, they may have a shot in the dark at advancing to the Conference Finals.

—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord 

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