The Washington Wizards have applied for a Disabled Player Exception which could net them another free agent this summer.
The Washington Wizards may not expect John Wall to return to action next season. It’s not a guarantee that they’re ruling him out, but by applying for a Disabled Player Exception (DPE), they’re at least admitting there’s a chance he’ll miss the whole season.
With the DPE, the Wizards are essentially asking the NBA for a little leniency and a little extra spending power since they currently have a lot of it wrapped up in an ailing Achilles. IF the NBA accepts the Wizards application (there’s no guarantee here), it means the Wizards will have the ability to claim off waivers or sign any player for one year. Additionally, they could trade for any player with one year left on their contract. In terms of spending power, they’d have the full non-taxpayer mid-level exception at their disposal: $9.258 million.
The first few days of free agency were an absolute whirlwind of activity, but there are still some players out there that the Wizards could really use. Despite adding some new pieces recently, including Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith, there are still some glaring holes on the roster.
With $9 million to play with, the Wizards could still get themselves a very good player. They’ve had some luck finding good value already. Hopefully, they can do the same if they’re granted the DPE. Here are four players they could target.