With the Pacers star player, Paul George, gone for the entire 2014-15 season, it’s time for the team to look for all avenues to help them compete in the upcoming year. One way to do this is to apply for a disabled player exception worth $5.3 million, which is what the team is reportedly planning on doing. This would in essence allow the team to sweeten the offer to any free agents available.
The $5.3 million number comes from the rule of the disabled player exception, which states that the team is able to sign a free agent to either a contract that is equal to 50% of the injured player’s salary or the amount of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, whichever is less. In the Pacers case, it’s the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. The only question now is who can fill the gaps for the Pacers who have already lost Lance Stephenson and now has no Paul George.
[h/t CBS Sports]