The Magic as a result of the NBA disabled player exception Jonathan Isaacthe knee injury at the end of the season, sources tell the Shams Charania of the Athletic (Twitter connection). Isaac suffered a torn ACL on his left knee during the NBA restart at Disney World and underwent surgery in August.
The disabled player exception is a salary cap exception designed to allow teams to apply for another player for a player suffering a serious injury. It is worth either the salary of the injured player or the value of the non-tax mid-range exception, whichever is less.
Given that Isaac ‘s salary in 2020/21 will be $ 7,362,566, the new Orlando trade exception is worth half that amount: $ 3,681,283.
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The disabled player exception will not give a team extra roster space, but will allow the club to add a player without using cap space to do so. It can be used to sign a free agent, to claim a player from bids, or to get a player in trade. However, it can only be used on one player and a player can only take on a one-year contract. A free agent agent cannot obtain a multilateral contract, and must have a trade or entertainment target in the last year of its contract.
The Magic may not be in a hurry to use their DPE – using it in full would put their team’s salaries over the tax line. However, it could be a useful tool at some point this season. They are the second team to receive a disabled player exception this season, joining the Warriors (Klay Thompson).