Brook Lopez injury: Officially out for season, Nets applying for disabled player exception

Maddie Meyer

Billy King confirmed Brook Lopez is out for the remainder of the season, and the team has begun filing paperwork for the disabled player exception.

Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King officially announced that center Brook Lopez will miss the remainder of the season with a broken right foot, according to the New York Post's Tim BontempsLopez broke his foot during the Nets' overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night.

More on Lopez's injury

King also confirmed the team is in the process of applying for the disabled player exception, according to Alex Raskin of the Wall Street Journal. This would allow the Nets to sign a player once an NBA-designated physician confirms Lopez will be out through June 15. The Nets would be allowed to sign a player to a contract worth 50 percent of Lopez's $14.6 million salary or the non-taxpayers mid-level exception, whichever is less, as explained in Larry Coon's collective bargaining agreement FAQ.

The disabled player exception would also allow the Nets to trade for a player who either makes 50 percent of Lopez's salary or the non-taxpayers mid-level exception and is in the final year of his contract. The team must apply for the exception by Jan. 15 and it expires on Mar. 15. The Nets can gain flexibility to adjust their roster in Lopez's absence, though early indications suggest the team will not immediately use the exception.

Lopez was having a career-year, averaging 20.7 points per game as the Nets' leading scorer.

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