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Warriors granted $9.3 million exception for Klay Thompson season-ending injury

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Last week, the Golden State Warriors applied for a Disabled Player Exception (DPE) in the wake of Klay Thompson’s season-ending Achilles injury. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Dubs have been granted the DPE worth $9.3 million.

The DPE will expire on April 19. It should be noted that the 2021 playoffs are tentatively scheduled to kick off in May following the play-in tournament.

The DPE will allow a team 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).

With the DPE granted, the Warriors now have two choices: One, they can sign a player on a one-year contract worth up to $9.3 million. Or two, they can acquire a player via trade, particularly someone who has one year remaining on his contract and a salary equal to or less than $9.3 million.

There’s uncertainty among experts whether or not the Warriors will indeed use that DPE to acquire a replacement for Klay Thompson. After all, the market is already drying up with teams quickly luring in the big names. However, there are some talents that have been thrown around such as Nicolas Batum, whom the Warriors are reportedly interested in.

Another name that has been gaining traction among teams is Glen Robinson III. The Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers are reportedly interested in the 26-year-old swingman. For what it’s worth, Robinson actually played and started 48 games for the Dubs before being traded in 2019-20.