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2019 NBA Free Agency: Wizards apply for disabled player exception due to John Wall’s injury

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The Wizards could have another $9.258 million to spend. But such players can only be signed with a one-year contract.

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John Wall is able to walk on his own. But it will be awhile before he can play an NBA game.
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On Tuesday, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reported that the Wizards requested a disabled player exception for John Wall who has a ruptured left Achilles tendon. The exception, if approved by the league, would be worth $9.258 million, the same level as the non-tax payer mid-level exception.

To get the exception, a doctor must certify that Wall may miss the 2019-20 season entirely. If he comes back at some point, this would not affect any player(s) the Wizards sign with the disabled player exception.

If a player is signed with the exception, this amount will not count against the Wizards’ team salary if they are already above the cap before taking other player salaries and holds into account.

However, if the Wizards are below the cap (they already have $95.8 million in committed as it is, then this salary will count against them. But in short, this exception is essentially a second mid-level exception, except that they only can sign a player or players to a one-year contract.

The Wizards will only be able to apply for this exception once a year. So anyone they do sign with the exception cannot come in on a multi-year deal.