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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Knicks denied Disabled Player Exception for Mobley

Steve Adamek of the Bergen Record reports that the league denied a disabled player exception for Cuttino Mobley late Friday.

The league, Walsh said, essentially determined that Mobley’s heart condition, which forced him to retire shortly after the Knicks acquired him from the Clippers on Nov. 21, but with which he had played this season, was a pre-existing condition.

Mobley is now like anyone else on the roster. The Knicks could buy out his contract, worth more than $8.9 million this season and another $9.5 million next season, which would clear a roster spot (he would be waived), although the money would not come off their cap. They could also simply waive him without a buyout.


Obviously this closes the door on a number of possibilities Donnie Walsh had to alter the Knicks’ roster. A two for one deal to move Marbury is now even more unlikely unless a small contract like Anthony Roberson’s is bought out. The denial also prevents Walsh from trading the exception for a player with up to a 4.5 million dollar contract.

13 comments on “Knicks denied Disabled Player Exception for Mobley

  1. Caleb

    Not much surprise here. The Knicks had the option to kill the trade, when they learned about Mobley’s heart condition, but they signed off on it anyway. Don’t know how they were going to argue he got the condition AFTER coming to the Knicks.

  2. BiggieSmalls

    Mobley is medically retired.

    You can not trade a medically retired player.

    The roster spot is available and the money stays on the cap for at least a year. At that time NYK can petition for salary cap relief. Question is whether the salary is picked up by insurance or not. But the roster spot is open.

  3. Z

    Mobley is medically retired.
    You can not trade a medically retired player.
    The roster spot is available and the money stays on the cap for at least a year. At that time NYK can petition for salary cap relief. Question is whether the salary is picked up by insurance or not. But the roster spot is open.

    Is this true? It conflicts with all the reports I’ve seen today. NY Post is saying Walsh is going to hold off waiving Mobley in case he needs to package the contract at the deadline. Until waived Mobley is on the 15 man roster.

  4. Z

    Berman is clueless.
    http://members.cox.net/lmcoon/salarycap.htm#Q53

    I don’t think Mobley was ever “medically retired”. As the link you provided says, a 1 year waiting period has to pass before the medical retirement is official. It seems that the Knicks were looking for more than just a roster spot but also a $4.5 million trade exception, which is seperate from the medical retirement (that is about removing the player’s salary from the cap).

    I’m not saying Berman isn’t clueless. I’m just not sure your interpretation is right (not that I wouldn’t blindly follow a guy named BiggieSmalls or anything…)

  5. BiggieSmalls

    They were looking for the medical exception which was denied. Mobley is retired on December 11th. He had a press conference to announce it. see sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3762828

    Quote from that espn article “Walsh said he wasn’t sure yet what options the Knicks had to fill the vacant roster spot and would begin researching it Friday.”

    The one year wait is for salary cap relief. But once a player is retired he is no longer on the 15 man roster.

  6. Gorky

    Yeah, Biggie is right. They talked about this during the game – all we lost is the $4.5 million exception, which Walsh didn’t even think we would get.

  7. 2010

    i agree with the league decision because the knicks made the trade after seeing the physical but i think this is a rule that the NBA will need to fix.

    i think in the future, if a team discovers a life threatening condition that is independently confirmed, the exception should be granted. the league doesnt want to have players playing with unnecessary risks.

    if the trade didnt happen, catino would be risking his life still playing. i think when the knicks waived the results of the physical, they thought he had a bad heart, not that he wouldnt play another game.

    the other side of this is i am sure the knicks make the trade again even knowing how this all turned out. they would have been getting an extra benefit with the exception

  8. 2010

    what i mean by playing with unecessary risks is the knicks could have waived the right to giving him a physical when they traded for him, then just play him.

  9. David Crockett

    I can’t imagine that Walsh didn’t see this one coming. He had nothing to lose in applying for consideration from the league.

    At the same time, I think what we’ve seen is that the front office has little interest in filling in the back end of the roster. It could be that ownership is trying to put a lid on additional salaries. It might also be that Walsh and D’Antoni are solely concerned with evaluating the current talent on the roster with less regard for potential playoff positioning.

  10. Z

    They were looking for the medical exception which was denied. Mobley is retired on December 11th. He had a press conference to announce it. see sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3762828
    Quote from that espn article “Walsh said he wasn’t sure yet what options the Knicks had to fill the vacant roster spot and would begin researching it Friday.”
    The one year wait is for salary cap relief. But once a player is retired he is no longer on the 15 man roster.

    Okay, cool. Good reporting, Biggie!

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