The Indiana Pacers are expected to apply for a disabled player exception for next season after All-Star forward Paul George broke his leg during a Team USA scrimmage last week, NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports.
According to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Indiana has until Jan. 15 to apply for the exception. If granted, the Pacers can sign a player for one year at half of George’s salary for next season or the non-taxpayer midlevel exception amount, whichever is lower.
George is scheduled to make $15,925,680 in 2014-15, the first season of a five-year, $91 million contract he signed last summer. The Pacers would get a $5.3 million exception to use on a free agent.
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George underwent surgery on his leg last weekend. No timetable was given for his return.
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Indiana has been pushing to sign veteran free agent Shawn Marion, according to sources. Whether the Pacers would use the full disabled exception is not clear. If they did, they would exceed the luxury tax threshold by about $3.7 million.
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