The exception is worth $5.27 million, Edwards reported.
Disabled-player exceptions are granted to teams after key members go down with an injury, and are likely out until after the last day of the Finals in mid-June. It is worth the lesser value of half of the injured player’s salary, or the value of a mid-level exception.
It will give the Pistons a little extra wiggle room under the salary cap, in the vent they need it in a trade.
Cunningham, 21, is 6-foot-6 and suffered a hairline fracture of the shin in a game against the Celtics on Nov. 9. He underwent surgery a month later.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Cunningham had come around nicely this season, averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists, shooting 42 percent from the field, in 12 appearances.
As a rookie, he averaged 17.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 5.5 rebounds, playing particularly well in the season’s second half.
Sources tell The Athletic: The Pistons have been granted a $5.276M DPE for the season-long loss of Cade Cunningham.
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