With Brook Lopez likely out for the season with another broken foot, the Brooklyn Nets will explore applying for the Disabled Player Exception that would give them better roster flexibility, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
If the Nets were to be granted the Disabled Players Exception it would be the same as getting another full mid-level exception. That would allow the Nets to sign a free agent to a one-year, $5.15 million deal. It would be expensive though because on top that player’s salary, the Nets would have to pay $4.75 for every dollar spent in luxury tax fees or $5.25 on every dollar spent over about $4.5 million.
That means that if the Nets did sign a player for the full $5.15 million, they would have to pay more than $20 million in additional luxury tax fees. Considering the players that would be available to them that would be a huge overpay that Mikhail Prokhorov would likely balk at.
On that note, Stein added that the Nets were unlikely to go out and get another player right now as they will hope that Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche, Mason Plumlee, Reggie Evans, and Mirza Teletovic can do enough to handle the load. There is also a thought that Andrei Kirilenko could be returning soon to help out.
David Aldridge of NBA.com also reported that the Nets will not immediately look to add another player and added that they’ll start with Teletovic as a replacement.