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Pacers look towards applying for disabled player exception as Shawn Marion looks towards Cavs

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The Pacers are expected to apply for the NBA's disable player exception to give them flexibility towards bringing in talent at upwards to $5.3 million. This will likely not include Shawn Marion who is looking towards a deal with Cleveland.

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The Indiana Pacers are expected to apply for the disabled player exception according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, which should come as no surprise with the team continuing to search for possible stopgaps following the expected season ending loss of Paul George this past Friday.

Aldridge breaks down the meat of the exception in his article:

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Pacers can apply for the exception between now and next January 15. The NBA would then designate a physician who would examine George. If the physician determines George, as everyone currently believes, will not be able to play at any time in the 2014-15 season, the league would grant the exception to the Pacers.

Indiana could then either sign a free agent for one year at either 50 percent of George's salary for next season, or for the non-taxpayer midlevel exception amount, whichever is lower. In this case, with George on a max contract, the Pacers would get a $5.3 million exception to use on a free agent.

The Pacers could also trade for a player in the final year of his contract, with similar limitations. However, Indiana could acquire a player making up to $5.4 million next season under the CBA's rules. The Pacers could also claim a player off waivers in the final year of his deal at $5.4 million.

This means that if granted exception, the team will be able to add a player towards their roster without it counting against the cap. Unfortunately for Indiana, while the $5.3 million will be available, the exception still counts towards the luxury tax which is a threshold Indiana has remained stalwart against passing through, leaving them with less than $2 million to make a move through free agency, though that number obviously changes in the event of a trade.

It's uncertain whether Indiana will find a use for the exception, but it makes perfect sense to at least have its availability available should a situation arise where Larry Bird and the Pacers would find it useful. Whether they find a use for it before the season or during the season, it will likely not include Shawn Marion, who appears to be nearing a decision with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Marion hasn&#39;t formalized agreement with Cavs yet, but Indiana&#39;s already looking elsewhere than Marion for free agent help, sources said.</p>&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/statuses/497189847438610432">August 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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