The Nuggets have been granted a disabled player exception for $2.7 million, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The exception is a result of the season-ending loss to Michael Porter Jr., who underwent back surgery in December. Two weeks ago, reports indicated that Porter could return. But that seem unlikely now.
As Charania noted, the disabled player exception “is granted for players deemed to be out for the season.” He added that the Nuggets must use the exception by March 10 or lose it.
Porter, 23, is 6-foot-10 and has appeared in just nine games this season. He averaged 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 61 appearances in 2020-21.
The Nuggets (28-21) have won five straight and sit in the fifth in the Western Conference entering Monday. It’s been an impressive run given all the injuries.