View Full Version : Lakers awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash

11-25-2014, 08:57 PM
"The Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash, who is out for the season with nerve damage.

The Lakers are over the salary cap and this exception will allow them to sign a free agent for the remainder of the season, or possibly trade for a player in the final year of their contract. We should hear reports about possible targets for L.A. in the coming days, so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye out for updates. " -rotoworld

What move would you guys make?

11-25-2014, 08:59 PM
Can they package the exception, or do they have to use it or lose it?

11-25-2014, 11:30 PM
Can they package the exception, or do they have to use it or lose it?

That would be great but...

Unlike the mid-level and bi-annual exceptions, the disabled player exception can only be used on a single player.

However, a team can use it to either sign a free agent or acquire a player in a trade. If a team uses its exception to take on salary in a trade, it can acquire a player making up to 100% of the DPE amount, plus $100K.

For example, a $4MM DPE could be used to trade for a player making $4.1MM. A free agent signed using the DPE can be offered a maximum of one year, while a player acquired via trade using the DPE must be in the final year of his contract.

11-25-2014, 11:34 PM
If im not mistaken, the league awarded a $1.5 million DPE to the Lakers because of TRex's injury.

The Lakers could also choose to use the exception to trade for a player making up to $1,598,680 because trades via such exceptions allow for an extra $100,000. In a trade, though, L.A. can only take on a player in the final year of his existing contract.

11-25-2014, 11:37 PM
So? only thing I care about is if this can help us trade Kobe

11-26-2014, 10:14 AM

by eric pincus yesterday

Eric Pincus @EricPincus
· 12h 12 hours ago
I came up with about 61 players who would fit in Nash DPE - many simply not avaialble (Kawhi Leonard)

this is an old article but talks a little about the nash situation and the disabled exception. he's compiling a list of possible players that could be targets.


By Eric Pincus

The Lakers are planning to request a disabled player exemption from the NBA for Steve Nash

If the NBA grants a disabled player exemption, the Lakers would be exempt for half of Steve Nash's salary
October 27, 2014, 2:01 PM

The Lakers are preparing a request to the NBA for a disabled player exception for injured point guard Steve Nash, according to General Manager Mitch Kupchak..

Nash was recently ruled out for the season with chronic back issues.

If granted by the NBA, the Lakers would gain an exception for half of Nash's $9.7-million salary.

The exception would enable the team to add a single player by March 10, either by signing a free agent ($4.85-million maximum), via trade ($4.95-million maximum incoming salary) or waiver claim ($4.85-million maximum salary).

Any player the Lakers might acquire with a disabled player exception must have a one-year deal. The exception would also expire if it remains unused and the Lakers trade Nash to another franchise.

Kupchak said he doesn't expect the league to grant the exception for at least a couple of weeks.

With Nash out, the Lakers may look to add an additional point guard but former Minnesota Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea is not an option via waiver claim. Barea was cut by the Timberwolves on Monday, but the Lakers won't have the disabled player exception in time to claim the veteran guard and his $4.5-million salary within the 48-hour waiver period.

Kupchak also noted that the Lakers are not looking to get Nash's salary off the team's salary cap via medical retirement.

The earliest Nash would come off the team's books is April 8, with just week left in the season. Attaining a disabled player exception for Nash would preclude any salary cap relief via medical retirement.

11-26-2014, 10:18 AM

November 25, 2014, 6:02 PM
by Eric pincus

The NBA on Tuesday awarded the Lakers a $4.85-million disabled player exception for injured point guard Steve Nash..

The Lakers gain a spending tool that can be used to add one player via free agency or a waiver claim, whom they can pay no more than $4.85 million. Or they can use it instead to trade for one player making up to $4.95 million.

by Eric Pincus

Nash was declared out for the season before opening night because of chronic nerve issues in his back. Soon after, the Lakers applied or the exception, but the NBA needed time to examine Nash's medical records and confirm the team's prognosis.

If the Lakers manage to trade Nash’s expiring contract, the exception would expire. If the Lakers acquire a player with the exception first, they would then be able to deal Nash without consequence.

Earlier in the season, the Lakers were granted a $1.5-million disabled player exception for injured rookie power forward Julius Randle, who suffered a broken right leg in the season opener and is out for the season.

The Lakers lost a third player for the season Monday, when swingman Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in practice.

The exceptions represent half of the salaries of Nash ($9.7 million) and Randle ($3 million). The Lakers might also apply for an exception for Henry, although half of his $1.1-million contract might not be enough for the team to acquire a replacement player.

Disabled player exceptions cannot be combined, or used with the salary of another Laker in trade.

Also, forward Ryan Kelly is sidelined for at least another five weeks with a right hamstring tear. The Lakers have asked the league for a hardship exception, which would allow them to temporarily exceed the 15-man roster maximum.

If granted the hardship exception, the Lakers would have to reduce their roster from 16 to 15 once Kelly returns.

Both disabled player exceptions expire on March 10, 2015.

11-26-2014, 10:21 AM
To answer the original poster's question...I would first see the list of 61 players available which should be out either today or tomorrow hopefully. Then we can decide who should be a target for that.

11-26-2014, 10:24 AM
Eric Pincus· 12h 12 hours ago

I'll likely blog the list of names tomorrow . . . re: Nash DPE

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