NBA: Wizards seek disabled player exception for Wall -- report

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Posted at Jul 03 2019 10:15 AM

NBA: Wizards seek disabled player exception for Wall -- report 1
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall arrives on the red carpet for the 2019 NBA Awards show at Barker Hanger. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Washington Wizards have applied for a disabled player exemption for injured point guard John Wall, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Wall, 28, is recovering from surgery to repair his left Achilles tendon, ruptured in an accident at his home in February.

If approved, the Wizards would get an exception equal to the amount of the non-taxpayer, mid-level exception. That amount, slated to be $9.258 million this season, could be used to either sign a free agent, trade for a player in the last season of his contract, or make a waiver claim.

The league won't make a decision on the Wizards' request until the five-time All-Star gets a medical review from an NBA-designated physician or "fitness to play" panel, according to the report.

For the exception to be granted, the physician or panel must determine that the injury likely will force Wall to miss the entire 2019-20 season.

Wall averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32 games last season.

Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is the franchise's all-time leader in steals (976) and assists (5,282) and ranks third in points (10,879).

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