As injuries in the front court continue to pile up, the Spurs have applied for a Disabled Player Exception on Charles Bassey, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If accepted, the move would allow them to have a 16th guaranteed roster sport for the rest of the season, which Bassey will miss with a torn ACL. (In other words, they wouldn’t have to waive him or anyone else to fill the spot.)
The Spurs have applied for a Disabled Player Exception on Charles Bassey, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 2, 2024
The exception would be worth $1.3 million and can be used to sign a free agent or claim or trade for a player in the last year of his contract, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The deadline to use the open spot would be March 10. If granted, the Spurs would be the fourth team to receive a DPE this season, along with the Bulls, Grizzlies and Trail Blazers.
The exception would be worth $1.3M.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 2, 2024
San Antonio could sign, claim or trade for a player in the last year of their contract. https://t.co/O79TA2A842
Bassey tore his ACL while playing for the Austin Spurs on December 10 and was announced out for the rest of the season. Then, last Thursday, Zach Collins twisted his ankle in Portland and has been ruled out for 2-4 weeks with a light sprain. That leaves just Victor Wembanyama — who is playing on a minutes restriction and out on back-to-backs for the foreseeable future while recovering from twisting his ankle three times in the last few weeks — and the seldom-used Sandro Mamukelashvili as the only true centers on the roster. They also have two-way players Dominick Barlow and the recently signed Mamadi Diakite, although both are undersized for NBA centers, listed at 6’9”.
If the Spurs receive a DPE and choose to use the roster spot on a free agent, notable available centers include former Spur Khem Birch, Nerlens Noel, Willy Hernangomez or Montrezl Harrell, among others. We’ll keep you informed as more information becomes available.