Report: NBA grants Celtics $8.4 million disabled player exception
The second Gordon Hayward went down with a brutal injury, it didn’t seem likely he will be back this season. Kevin Durant certainly didn’t think so. Maybe Gordon will bounce back, but the smart money is on him being out for the season.
So the Celtics got the okay from the league to bring in another player, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Sources: The NBA has granted Boston an $8.4M disabled player exception for the loss of Gordon Hayward for the season. The DPE expires March 10.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 27, 2017
There are limits to this: It can only be used on a player in the last year of his contract. It can be used on a free agents or in a trade. The Celtics may not use it, but this gives Danny Ainge options.
After losing to the Cavs on opening night (then again the next night to the Bucks), the Celtics have won three in a row and started to find their groove behind Kyrie Irving.