Wednesday August 13th, 2014

The Indiana Pacers have received a disabled player exception in the wake of forward Paul George's season-ending injury, reports Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

George sustained a compound leg fracture in a Team USA scrimmage on Aug. 1.

The exception is worth $5.3 million, potentially allowing the Pacers to spend more on a free agent to help replace George this season. But the team is currently just $1.7 million below the luxury tax threshold, and Pacers president Larry Bird said Tuesday that Indiana won't cross that threshold in any potential free agent signing.

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Bird met with free agent forward Shawn Marion, one potential addition, this week. Marion is reportedly leaning towards signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

George is expected to make a full recovery.

Ben Estes

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