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Nets to try and get Disabled Player Exception for Lopez, add player to roster

Dec 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

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The Nets are capped out and have 15 guys on the roster — they cannot add another body under the NBA rules. However with Brook Lopez out for the season, they want to. Need to, really, when you consider the injury history of players on the roster.

So the Nets are going to file the paperwork for a Disabled Player Exception according to GM Billy King, as reported by Andy Vasquez of the Bergin Record.

What does that mean? Teams who are over the cap can apply for this exception to add a player when they lose one for the season (something a league doctor has to clear but will in the case of Lopez).

Who can they get? Straight from Larry Coon’s NBA CBA FAQ:

• The team may sign a free agent for one season only, for 50% of the disabled player’s salary or the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception, whichever is less.

• The team may trade for a player in the last season of his contract only (including any option years), who is making no more than 50% plus $100,000 of the disabled player’s salary, or the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception plus $100,000, whichever is less.

For the Nets, this means they can sign or trade for a player up to the midlevel exception of $5.15 million (half of Lopez’ salary is $7.35 million).

It should be noted that because the Nets have a full roster they would need to waive a player to make room for another one, even with the DPE (thanks to Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game for the reminder). They could waive Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia or Alan Anderson but they still have to pay those guys’ fully guaranteed deals.

Getting the DPE is one thing, using it is another. They might like to bring in another big man, but the pickings out there are pretty slim (unless they have another future asset they might give up in a trade, but not many of those left). This gives the Nets flexibility but they don’t have a lot of good options right now.

And whatever this player signs for gets added to what is already the highest payroll and tax in the league — they will be pushing $190 million in salary and tax before this signing. But that doesn’t seem to faze Prokhorov.

  1. shanelsweet - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Hahahaha. The other NBA owners must be laughing their butts off. They just keep squeezing more money out of the new guy, and remember, most of them are old enough to have fought the Cold War. That’s got to make it even sweeter to bamboozle the Russian.

  2. zoomy123 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    The Brooklyn Nets have been a disaster. They’re old, injury prone, and have no chemistry. And to top it all off, they mortgaged their future for the next 5 years so they have no way to fix it.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      And they are paying out the wazoo for it! Like $80 million in penalty for this fiasco.

      The owner could have given me, say $25 million and I would have told him that mortgaging his future for older players wasn’t a bright idea.

      He would have saved millions and millions and would have at least as many wins this season, if not more.

      And he would win more games in the coming seasons with the draft picks he’d still have. And if he found out his team was actually good, he could then spend some of his many millions to add a player or two to help push them towards the top.

  3. wwttww - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM


    – Atlanta

  4. Gordon - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Was this part of the “Blueprint” Jay-Z was bragging about in the billboard facing MSG?

  5. usm418 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Jason Collins?!

  6. muhangis - Dec 25, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    More minutes for Andray Blatche. He’s been hugely underrated these last 2 seasons!

    **I know this comment will get thumbs downs…. but I don’t base my comments on popularity contests. I’d rather give credit where credit is due!**

  7. kavika6 - Dec 25, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Too bad for the Nets. Lopez was their only decent player.

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