Sources: Heat, Blazers given exceptions

Updated: December 10, 2010, 10:58 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat have been granted disabled player exceptions for Greg Oden and Udonis Haslem, sources familiar with the league's ruling told ESPN.com.

Both Oden (knee) and Haslem (foot), after being examined by an independent league-appointed physician, have been deemed to be carrying injuries that likely will sideline them for the remainder of the season.

Portland and Miami, as a result, have received exceptions valued at half of each player's salary.

In the Blazers' case, that amounts to $3,380,262 from Oden's $6,760,524 salary and expires Dec. 30.

Miami's exception is valued at $1.75 million, half of Haslem's $3,500,000 salary, and expires Jan. 6.

League rules allow for such exceptions to be used to acquire only one player, but teams can use them to sign a free agent or to take on salary in trade before the expiration date.

The 45-day clock for using such exceptions starts when the team reasonably knows that the player's injury could potentially be season-ending.

But if Oden or Haslem unexpectedly recovers faster than doctors have forecasted, they are not precluded from rejoining their respective teams.

A returning injured player can be reactivated without affecting his replacement, as Miami found out in the 2000-01 season when Alonzo Mourning returned after missing five months and the Heat had been granted an injury exception for what was presumed to be a season-ending kidney disorder.

When used in trades, teams may acquire a player whose salary -- including any trade kickers -- does not exceed the value of the exception plus $100,000.

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