The Boston Celtics will be eligible for a $3.2 million disabled player exception (DPE) in the wake of the news that veteran forward Danilo Gallinari will all but certainly miss all of the looming 2022-23 NBA season after tearing his left ACL, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The exception can be used to sign a player up to that amount or to absorb a player’s salary in a trade without sending anything back, but the Celtics will have to apply for the exception, as it is not automatically given to a team on reporting a qualifying injury, and has to be signed off on by a league-approved doctor. Given the normal range of return from such an injury, it would be almost guaranteed to be offered by the league.
Unlike the two traded player exceptions Boston already has on their roster, Boston could only use it on a player in the last year of their current contract as an additional limitation played on the DPE.
It also does not provide cap relief to the team using it, and will need to be re-applied for next season if Gallinari were to find himself unable to return for next season as well.
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