Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Paul George is carted off the floor on a gurney after suffering a lower leg injury during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers apply for Disabled Player Exception to replace Paul George

The Indiana Pacers lost Paul George this summer thanks to a bad broken leg in a Team USA scrimmage that meant essentially nothing at all.

But while the game in which the injury happened was meaningless, the injury itself is very real and has long term ramifications that the Pacers are trying to sort out. One option for the Pacers is to get a Disabled Player Exception applied to from the NBA which could grant them salary relief to sign a player to replace George.

According to David Aldridge from and TNT, the Pacers can get $5.3 million from their Disabled Player Exception to find a free agent and sign him to a one-year deal that won’t count against the team.

The Pacers need to find someone, that’s the bottom line, and it’s looking like Shawn Marion could be brought in at $5.3 million for next season to be that replacement. It’s not a done deal, but the league will likely grant the Pacers the DPE and they’ll then move quickly to use it in the right place.

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