If Mac returns at the early end of that timetable, there’s a chance he could be available for the Wizards’ playoff run, but odds are, this is a season-ender.
Mac’s salary is only partially-guaranteed for $50,000 this season, but since he is injured, the Wizards would have to pay out his full salary if they choose to waive him to clear a roster spot according to Bobby Marks of ESPN:
The Wizards Sheldon Mac has $50K in guaranteed money but Washington is responsible for his $1.3M salary if he is out for the year.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 8, 2017
Part 1: A player injured in the preseason that has an Exhibit 9 (non-guaranteed camp contract) in his contract would be owed $6K.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 8, 2017
Part 2: The Wizards were not allowed to put an Ex. 9 in the contract of Mac because he signed last year to a partial guarantee.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 8, 2017
The Wizards could also apply for a Disabled Player Exception, similar to the one they applied for in 2016 when Martell Webster was ruled out for the season, but since Mac was only slated to make $1.3 million this season, the value of the exception would be incredibly small. The only advantage to applying for the exception is that it would allow them to sign an additional player (or promote one of their two-way players to the full roster) and keep Mac’s Early Bird rights. Otherwise, they can release him and sign someone to a minimum deal or use what’s left of their taxpayer mid-level exception.
Washington has some tough decisions to make in the next week as they try to figure out the best course to shore up depth with Mac out, but in the meantime, here’s to hoping he has a speedy recovery.