The NBA granted the Brooklyn Nets a Disabled Player Exception that will allow them to replace injured center Brook Lopez on Tuesday in the amount of $5.25 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
On Saturday, the Nets announced that Lopez would be out for the season after the big man underwent surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. According to the announcement, there was also a second adjustment during the procedure.
This exception allows a team which is over the cap to replace a disabled player who will be out for the remainder of that season (it can also be granted in the event of a player's death). This exception is granted by the league, based on an application from the team and a determination by an NBA-designated physician that the player is substantially more likely than not to be unable to play through the following June 15.
The Nets can now acquire a player via trade or free agency signing, but such a move is unlikely given the tax implications.
In this case, a prorated salary of $5 million would be over $16 million after taxes, making such a move difficult to justify, especially given the struggles the Nets have faced to this point even with their All-Star in the lineup.