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REPORT: Wizards apply for hardship exception to sign another player temporarily

Bradley Beal, Scott Brooks, John Wall, Wizards

The depleted Washington Wizards have applied for a hardship exception due to the fact that they have five different players with separate injuries, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic:

Katz added that the Wizards will have 48 hours to sign any given player if the application is approved.

The Wizards have been increasingly desperate to navigate roster restrictions since the summer.

They filed for a Disabled Player Exception with respect to John Wall back in July, citing the notion that he very well could miss the entire 2019-20 season (via Keely Diven of NBC Sports Washington):

Wall underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on January 8, 2019.

At the NBA Awards, he told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller that he expected to begin jogging in two weeks, but the recovery timeline for a ruptured Achilles could hold Wall out all of next season.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis insisted in May that no one would rush Wall back onto the court, whether that would cost him a whole NBA season or not.

That was the second time that the Wizards have applied for a DPE with respect to Wall, though the said request was almost immediately denied by the NBA.

Washington has a better case this time around. Wall is on the shelf for the foreseeable future. The same can be said for C.J. Miles. Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas, Jordan McRae and Thomas Bryant will all miss at least another week with separate maladies.

The Wizards have dug deep into their reserves, with both Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga earning starts. However, if the application is accepted, help will soon be on the way.