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.
The NBA has approved a $5.25M Disabled Player Exception for the Brooklyn Nets, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 8, 2014
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.