Trail Blazers Receive $5.8 Million Disabled Player Exception for Robert Williams III

‣ The NBA has granted the Portland Trail Blazers a $5.8 million disabled player exception due to the season-ending knee injury of center Robert Williams III.
‣ Williams had signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Boston Celtics in August 2021, and was traded to Portland along with Malcolm Brogdon in exchange for Jrue Holiday.
‣ The Trail Blazers have until March 10 to use the $5.8 million exception, which could be used for a trade, a waiver claim, or a free agent signing.


The Portland Trail Blazers got a $5.8 million disabled player exception. This came after center Robert Williams III’s season-ending knee injury.

Williams, 26, hurt his right knee on Nov. 5. This happened during a 112-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at the Moda Center.

The 6-foot-9 center had to go through a season-ending surgery just a few days later. Talk about a rough week, huh?

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, here’s something for you. The Portland Trail Blazers are currently sitting at 29th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. Surprisingly, the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets are showing better odds in sportsbooks.

Here’s a tweet from 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.”

Williams signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Boston Celtics back in August 2021. He’s earning $11.57 million this season. His salary is set to increase to $12.42 million in 2024-25 and $13.28 million in 2025-26.

On Oct. 1, the Celtics traded Williams and 2023 NBA Sixth Man of the Year guard Malcolm Brogdon to Portland. They got ex-Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday in return. The Trail Blazers also got a 2024 first-round pick via Golden State and a 2029 first-round pick.

The Trail Blazers have until March 10 to use the $5.8 million disabled player exception for Robert Williams III.

Williams had $1.44 million in unlikely incentives this season. The Texas A&M product would have earned that amount had he played at least 69 regular-season games. This also required an All-Defensive selection and the Trail Blazers advancing to the conference semifinals.

In six games off the bench with Portland this season, Williams averaged 6.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 19.8 minutes per game. He also shot 65.4% from the field and 77.8% at the foul line, which is quite impressive.

In Portland’s 123-111 season-opener loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 25, Williams recorded 10 points, seven boards, three steals, and one block in 24 minutes as a reserve.

Here’s another tweet: “OFFICIAL: Trail Blazers Acquire Robert Williams III and Malcolm Brogdon.”

Last season, Williams made 20 starts in 35 appearances with the Celtics. He averaged 8.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 23.5 minutes per contest.

Portland has a March 10 deadline to use the $5.8 million exception. This would allow the club to make a trade, a waiver claim, or a free agent signing. Currently, the Trail Blazers have 15 players under contract.

Moreover, Portland has two trade exceptions ($8.8 million, $8.3 million) and the full $12.4 million non-taxpayer exception. The Blazers are $3.5 million under the luxury tax threshold.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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