Brooklyn Nets granted Disabled Player Exception from NBA for Brook Lopez injury

Dec 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) falls onto Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Nets 121-120 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

When the Brooklyn Nets lost center Brook Lopez for the season with a broken foot, there was indications that the team would seek the Disabled Player Exception from the NBA to go over the salary cap to add a replacement. That request was granted on Tuesday night as the Nets will now get $5.25 million to spend on a player on the market.

Basically, the DPE means that a team can go over the cap to acquire a player if one of their current players is determined to be out for the season. Lopez is done for the entire 2013-14 campaign which means the Nets get to spend even more money finding a replacement.

Brooklyn already has a payroll of $102 million but the league is allowing them to add to it in order to replace Lopez. Who will replace him is a different story but the Nets now have the approval to start the replacement process with the slew of veteran free agents on the market at the moment.

Topics: Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

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