Spurs Seek $1.3 Million Disabled Player Exception for Charles Bassey’s Season-Ending Injury

‣ The San Antonio Spurs have applied for a $1.3 million Disabled Player Exception (DPE) due to Charles Bassey’s season-ending injury.
‣ If granted, the DPE will allow the Spurs to sign, claim, or trade for a player in the last year of their contract until March 10.
‣ Charles Bassey was on a four-year, $10.2 million deal with the Spurs, set to last until 2026. His salaries for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons are non-guaranteed but will become fully guaranteed on Aug. 1 of each respective year.

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The San Antonio Spurs have put in a request for a $1.3 million Disabled Player Exception (DPE). This is due to center Charles Bassey’s season-ending injury. He only managed to play 19 games this season.

Bassey, who is 23, was ruled out for the rest of the season. This decision came while he was with the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G League affiliate. He tore his ACL in a game against the Texas Legends on Dec. 12.

According to a few NBA betting sites, the Spurs hold the 27th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. Interestingly, sportsbooks are giving better odds to the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted about the Spurs’ DPE application. If granted, the DPE will be worth $1.3 million. It can be used through March 10, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. With this, San Antonio could sign, claim, or trade for a player in the last year of their contract.

Three teams have been granted a DPE this season. These include the Chicago Bulls ($10.2 million for Lonzo Ball), Memphis Grizzlies ($6.3 million for Steven Adams), and Portland Trail Blazers ($5.8 million for Robert Williams III).

The Spurs are seeking a Disabled Player Exception for Charles Bassey, who is owed $2.6 million this season. Bassey was selected 53rd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2021 NBA Draft out of Western Kentucky. He played 23 games off the bench with the Sixers during his rookie 2021-22 season, averaging 3.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 7.3 minutes per game.

Last season, Bassey made two starts in 35 games with the Spurs. He averaged career highs of 5.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 14.5 minutes per game. He was shooting 64.4% from the floor, 37.5% outside the arc, and 59.5% at the foul line.

Bassey joined San Antonio on a two-way contract early in the 2022-23 season. However, he was soon offered a full four-year, $10.2 million deal in February. This contract will keep him with the team until 2026.

In 19 games off the bench this season, Bassey averaged 3.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 10.8 minutes per game with the Spurs. He was shooting career bests of 72.5% from the field and 83.3% at the line.

In San Antonio’s 152-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 6, Bassey recorded a season-high 10 points. He also had three rebounds, one assist, and three steals in 18 minutes as a reserve.

His $2.5 million salary for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons is nonguaranteed. However, his 2024-25 salary will become fully guaranteed on Aug. 1. 2024. Similarly, his 2025-26 salary will also become fully guaranteed on Aug. 1, 2025.

Bassey had positive words to share after joining the Spurs in October 2022. He said, “This is a perfect spot. [We have] a young team, I’m still learning everything out there. I wish I started preseason training camp with them, but everything’s going smoothly. I’m just so locked in with my team.”

James Shotwell
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