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Report: NBA grants Celtics $8.4 million disabled player exception

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, gestures as he passes the team’s NBA vhampionship banners st the team’s training facility in Waltham, Mass., Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The Celtics had won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


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.

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.