Dec 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT
Portland’s Greg Oden and Miami’s Udonis Haslem are expected to be out for the rest of the regular season due to injuries. That would be Haslem’s foot and Oden’s recurring knee injury.
Friday afternoon, the league granted the two teams disabled players exceptions, which allows them to fill up to half of those salary spots on the roster, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Meaning for Oden, who was to make $6.7 million this season, the Blazers can sign someone for up to a little more than $3.3 million. It allows Miami to sign someone for up to $1.75 million.
Those exceptions can be used to sign one player or to take on more salary in a trade.
The teams have 45 days to use these exceptions.
There is a chance Haslem will be healthy enough to play near the end of the season or in the playoffs, and he can do that without penalty. That is what the Heat once did with Alonzo Mourning. Oden, because of the injury, will not be back.
The league had the players examined by independent doctors to verify the injuries were season ending.
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