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Wizards reportedly apply for Disabled Player Exception for John Wall, what would that mean?

Wizards reportedly apply for Disabled Player Exception for John Wall, what would that mean?

The Wizards have applied for the Disabled Player Exception for John Wall, according to The Athletic's Sam Vecine. 

Wall underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on January 8, 2019.

At the NBA Awards, he told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller that he expected to begin jogging in two weeks, but the recovery timeline for a ruptured Achilles could hold Wall out all of next season. 

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis insisted in May that no one would rush Wall back onto the court, whether that would cost him a whole NBA season or not. 

That in mind, here's what fans need to know about the DPE and what it means for the Wizards:

What is the Disabled Player Exception?

Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ defines the DPE as follows:

This exception allows a team which is over the cap to replace a disabled player who will be out for the remainder of that season (it can also be granted in the event of a player's death). This exception is granted by the league, based on an application from the team and a determination by an NBA-designated physician or Fitness to Play panel (see question number 62) that the player is substantially more likely than not to be unable to play through the following June 15. 

A few additional items to note: The DPE grants a team the right to sign a replacement player, not a chunk of money for salary cap relief. Additionally, the disabled player is allowed to return to play if ready earlier than expected, which will not impact the replacement player's status and salary with the team. 

What are the rules to apply for the DPE?

Also from Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ:

Teams can apply for this exception from July 1 through January 15, and cannot apply after January 15. Once granted, the exception expires when a player is acquired, when the disabled player is traded or returns to the team, or on March 10 of that season, whichever comes first. This exception is granted on a season-by-season basis -- if the player will also be out the following season, the team needs to apply for this exception again the following season.

The Wizards applied for the DPE when they lost Wall to injury last season, then applied again for this coming year. 

How much money would the Wizards get if granted the DPE?

The Wizards would recoup the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, a little over $9 million, to spend on a player for next season only.

What would this mean for the Wizards roster next season?

For a team maneuvering under a tight salary cap situation with John Wall and Bradley Beal signed to supermax and max contracts, respectively, the replacement player could provide some breathing room elsewhere. 

The major takeaway from this move comes from the DPE definition itself.

Essentially, the Wizards would not have applied for the exception unless they believed an NBA-designated physician or Fitness to Play panel would conclude that Wall is "substantially" unlikely to play until at least next June 15.

That's not inconsistent with the Wizards' patient approach to his rehab, but it's important to note that receiving a DPE won't prevent Wall from coming back next season if he's healthy enough. 

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On this date in tournament history: Chris Webber calls timeout

On this date in tournament history: Chris Webber calls timeout

The Michigan Wolverines were down two points to the North Carolina Tar Heels with 19 seconds to play in regulation in the second half of the 1993 NCAA National Championship game.

After grabbing the rebound off the missed free throw attempt, Michigan star Chris Webber (23 points, 11 rebounds) established his pivot foot, re-angling his body towards the basket, locked in a one-possession game with the championship on the line. 

Webber attempted to dish the ball off to a teammate, but after seeing a lurking Tar Heel, the future No. 1 pick continued his dribble towards halfcourt. 

The travel call was missed by the officiating staff, but not by the broadcast crew.

"Oh, he walked," Bill Packer exclaimed on the broadcast. "He walked and the referee missed it!"

CBS announcer Jim Nance continued on with the gameplay, as only 12 seconds remained on the clock in regulation.

"Webber brings it into the frontcourt," Nantz said. "They have no timeouts remaining."

If only someone had told him.

Webber, trapped in the left corner by a UNC double-team, signaled for time, resulting in a technical foul shot for the Tar Heels as well as possession.

"He called a timeout," Nantz said. "Michigan doesn't have any!"

At the opposing foul line, UNC's Donald Williams (25 points) knocked down both free throws, increasing their lead to four points with 11 seconds remaining. 

From there it was all over.

North Carolina 77, Michigan 71.

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On this date in tournament history: Emeka Okafor leads UConn over Georgia Tech to win national championship

On this date in tournament history: Emeka Okafor leads UConn over Georgia Tech to win national championship

Before he departed on a very successful NBA career, former Wizards center Emeka Okafor was a standout member of the UConn Huskies.

In 2004 the Huskies went on to win their final nine games of the season before they captured the Big East championship.

After making their way through the NCAA Tournament bracket, the only team standing in coach Jim Calhoun's way were the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, lead by future Wizards guard Will Bynum (17 points, five assists).

Georgia Tech didn't back down early, taking a 12-11 lead over the Huskies with 13:41 to go in the first half. 

Okafor (24 points, 15 rebounds) scored to give UConn the lead right back, and they never trailed again.

At halftime, the Huskies lead the Yellow Jackets by a staggering 15 points and they kept their foot on the gas to start the second half.

The Huskies were able to extend their lead to 25 during the second half before Bynum at Georgia Tech came roaring back, but by then, the game was out of reach.

UConn emerged with an 82-73 victory over the Yellow Jackets, led by Okafor and future NBA journeyman Ben Gordon (21 points).

Okafor was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

UConn's women's basketball team would go on to win its national championship a day later against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Connecticut became the first school ever in Division I to win NCAA titles in men's and women's basketball in the same season. 

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