I apologize if this has already been brought up in another thread, but I didn't see anything. Here is the rule I found for this exception:
Allows a team that is over the cap to acquire a replacement for a disabled player who will be out for either the remainder of that season (for in-season injuries/deaths) or the next season (if the disability occurs during the offseason). The maximum salary of the replacement player is either 50% of the injured player's salary, or the mid-level exception for a non-taxpaying team, whichever is less. This exception requires an NBA-designated doctor to verify the extent of the injury. Under the 2005 CBA, a team could sign a player under this exception for five years; the 2011 CBA now allows this only for one year.
Note that while teams can often use one exception to sign multiple players, they cannot use a combination of exceptions to sign a single player.
So I would think we would be eligible for it with 3 players going down for the year. Has anyone heard any news on this? If we are eligible it sounds like we could get the equivalent of the MLE which is 5 mil. That could huge for us giving us the upper hand if some good veteran players are bought out. We could even do something we have enough to offer Greg Oden to stash him away, and still sign 2 quality vets.
I'd like to hear if anyone has heard anything about getting this exception.