Nets expected to apply for Disabled Player Exception after losing Spencer Dinwiddie for 2020-21 season: report

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Spencer Dinwiddie vs. Hornets
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The Nets are expected to apply for a $5.7 million Disabled Player Exception due to Spencer Dinwiddie's ACL injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

What exactly is a Disabled Player Exception (DPE for short)? Well, teams can apply for one when a player is lost for the season due to injury. It serves as an injury replacement basically with a team able to fill that $5.7 million in cap space with a current free agent, a traded-for player in the final year of his contract, or a player claimed off waivers. 

Wojnarowski mentions the Nets potentially trading for a player in the final year of his current deal specifically, so Brooklyn may go that route. Some guards like Jeff Teague and Reggie Jackson among others are in the final year of their deal and are in that price range. 

The Nets could also just let the DPE go through. They don’t necessarily have to use it, but applying and getting approved gives GM Sean Marks that flexibility if need be. But the Nets are already well over the cap line with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant’s contracts owning a majority of the cap room.

So at the moment, it’s just worth keeping an eye on. Steve Nash has preached the Nets’ depth being a key factor in them going far this season, and it’s already being tested. But that doesn’t mean Marks won’t look for a replacement to the team’s starting guard in Dinwiddie.

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