What has long been assumed has now reportedly been confirmed.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday night, citing sources, that the Warriors have been granted a disabled player exception (DPE) as a result of Klay Thompson’s season-ending Achilles injury.
With the DPE, the Warriors can either sign a free agent to a one-year contract worth up to $9.3 million or trade for a player whose salary is equal to or less than that value and has one year remaining on his contract. The exception cannot be combined with any other assets and will expire on April 19.
The Warriors can use the DPE at any time prior to the expiration date, but for a multitude of reasons, it might be a while until they actually do so. The DPE is a valuable asset with which the Warriors could significantly upgrade their roster, but considering the severe tax penalties that would result from using it, they’ll likely wait until a worthwhile opportunity presents itself to do so — if it ever does.
In addition to the DPE, the Warriors sill have approximately $3.5 million remaining of the taxpayer mid-level exception (MLE) with which they could sign a player.