The NBA has granted the Los Angeles Lakers a disabled player exception following DeMarcus Cousins injuring his knee. This was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Lakers have been granted a disabled player exception worth $1.75M from the NBA for the expected season-ending ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. It expires on March 10, 2020.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2019
The Lakers applied for the DPE following the season-ending injury suffered by DeMarcus Cousins. The $1.75 million dollars is half of Cousins’ salary.
So, how can the Lakers use the money?
The team still has a full roster, meaning a player would be cut if the money were to be used on a player. But, the exception has to be used before March 10th. The $1.75 million is just slightly more than the minimum.
If a player were available, the Lakers would be able to offer more than the minimum. There is no telling if the Lakers have a player in mind if they were granted the DPE. But it is important that they applied and got it in the case that they needed to use it.