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Blazers Awarded Disabled Players Exception After Robert Williams III Injury

Robert Williams III won’t play for the Portland Trail Blazers until next season, so the team has been given a disabled players exception.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are being given a small reprieve after center Robert Williams III had season-ending surgery, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Portland Trail Blazers have been awarded a $5.8 million Disabled Players Exception in wake of Robert Williams III’s season-ending injury, sources tell ESPN.

This essentially gives the Blazers $5.8 million to work with in signing another player that can replace Williams in the lineup.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks explained more about what the Disabled Players Exception is:

Portland can trade, claim or sign a player in the last year of their contract with the exception.

The Trail Blazers have 15 players under contract and would need to create a roster spot.

The deadline to use is March 10.

They also have two Trade Exceptions ($8.8M and $8.3M) and the full $12.4M Non-Tax Mid-Level.

Portland is $3.5M below the tax.

On Nov. 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies, Williams fell to the floor while guarding Memphis forward Jaren Jackson Jr. in the paint. Williams stayed down for a moment, grabbing at his right knee, before getting up and immediately motioning for a sub. He limped through an offensive possession before checking out at the next dead ball.

Williams averaged 6.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in six games this season with the Blazers. He is under contract for two more seasons and can return to the Blazers next season.