The Brooklyn Nets have applied for a disabled player exception for the injured David Nwaba, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. If granted, the Nets could sign another player by opening up another roster spot.
Nwaba suffered a torn Achilles early in the fourth quarter after trying to crash the offensive glass. Teammate Garrett Temple uncorked a 3-pointer from the wing and Nwaba attempted to chase it from the weak side, but that chase wouldn't last long, as his right leg gave out on him halfway through his stride:
Damn this just sucks. David Nwaba out with a non-contact injury, most likely an Achilles. Prayers up for David pic.twitter.com/e4CcVZUHCf
— Ty Jäger (@TheTyJager) December 20, 2019
The 26-year-old had signed with the Nets in the offseason after stints with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The journeyman averaged 5.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in a deep reserve role that saw him average 13.4 minutes through 20 games this season.
Nets center Jarrett Allen acknowledged how tough it is to deal with these serious injuries:
“Something happens to us every year,” said teammate Jarrett Allen, according to Alex Schiffer of The Athletic. “Last year was Caris, this year was David, it’s always tough having to play after incidents like those.”
The Nets just got Wilson Chandler back from a 25-game suspension and are still waiting on the return of Kyrie Irving and Caris Levert from injury, which could have them wait before using that exception.
Not long ago, the Portland Trail Blazers were granted a DPE for Rodney Hood after he suffered the same injury earlier this month, making it highly likely the Nets will have an extra bit of change to play around with this season.