Report: Wizards apply for Disabled Player Exception for John Wall

Wizards PG John Wall on the bench
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By 106.7 The Fan
The Wizards applied for a Disabled Player Exception in respect to injured point guard John Wall, according to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic. 

If granted, the Wizards will have the amount of the full non-taxpayer mid-level exception to use to either sign, trade for a player, or make a waiver claim. That number this season is $9.258 million.

— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) July 2, 2019

If granted, the exception would give the Wizards an additional $9.258 million, the value of the the full non-taxpayer mid-level exception, to either sign a player, trade for one, or make a waiver claim. 

As The Athletic's Fred Katz notes, the decision to apply for the DPE implies the Wizards think Wall could potentially be ruled out for the entire 2019-20 season. 

This is news beyond the exception. Means the Wizards believe doctors could potentially rule Wall out for this year.We knew that would be a possibility. Timetable from his doctor in February was 11-15 months. But this implies there are doctors who could think it’s closer to 15 https://t.co/nlmo0TVby5

— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 2, 2019

Wall ruptured his Achilles in February while recovering from heel surgery, and was expected to miss at least 12 months. Washington has already made moves in anticipatin of not having Wall for the majority of the season, signing point guards Ish Smith and Isaiah Thomas Monday. 

More: "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 that the player is substantially more likely than not to be UNABLE to play through the following June 15."

— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 2, 2019

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