Following Vlatko Cancar’s injury, the Denver Nuggets will make a move.
Reportedly, the Denver Nuggets have requested an NBA exception for Vlatko Cancar, who is a disabled player. A player is given a DPE when they are sidelined for a long time. Their hope is that by making an exception, their team will be able to locate a suitable replacement.
During the summer, Cancar suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while competing for Slovenia in a FIBA World Cup qualifying match. His absence from the 2023–2024 NBA season is anticipated to be indefinite.
The team has a full roster, so they probably won’t use the exception, says Vinny Benedetto of The Denver Gazette.
“The Nuggets have applied for a disabled player exception (DPE) for Vlatko Cancar ahead of the Jan. 15 deadline, multiple sources tell me,” he stated in an X post. They told me they don’t have any plans to use it. The DPE is only worth approximately $1.1 million, which is half of the injured player’s salary.
What could the Denver Nuggets do with a Disabled Player Exception?
The answer is — not a whole lot. Like Benedetto mentioned in the post, the exception would only be worth half of Cancar’s $2.2 million salary.
Sure, they could offer that up to a free agent, but again, they don’t have the room. Even if they did have an open spot, there aren’t too many exciting names out there looking for a place to lace ’em up.
The best names out there are guys like TJ Warren, Blake Griffin, and Meyers Leonard. Those aren’t exactly guys who would give Denver an added boost on their journey to repeating as NBA champions.
Griffin is the most appealing of the bunch, he’s someone who would generate some buzz amongst the fanbase, and could contribute on a smaller scale.
He did a solid job in a minimal role with the Boston Celtics last season, picking up minutes when some of the everyday bigs needed a day off.