The Brooklyn Nets took a big hit when they found out that they would be without star center Brook Lopez for the rest of the season after he broke his foot again. It is especially tough because the Nets’ payroll situation leaves them with very little roster flexibility to replace him.
However, the NBA approved a disabled player exception for the Nets which gives them up to $5.25 million more to spend on the roster, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The Nets are unlikely to use this exception though since they are already spending $190 million on payroll and they would be taxed so heavily. It’s hard to pin down exactly what the tax would be, one report had it as $4.75 on every dollar spent up to $4.5 million and $5.25 spent on every dollar over $4.5 million. Whatever it is if they spent the entire $5.25 million they would have to pay easily over $20 million for that player. Considering who is available it doesn’t seem worth it.
One player that people are speculating on is Andrew Bynum, who was recently traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls before being released. However, NetsDaily.com reported that a league source said that the Nets have “no interest at all” in Bynum.