The Memphis Grizzlies have been plagued by the absences of key rotational contributors throughout these early stages of 2023-24.
From the league-issued, 25-game suspension of superstar Ja Morant to the season-ending surgeries and rehabilitation of Brandon Clarke and Steven Adams, Taylor Jenkins' club has been far from full strength thus far into the year.
And while the on-court presence of these particular players has been and will continue to be significantly missed, just recently the Grizzlies were awarded a lofty luxury as a result of one talent's absence, in particular.
Grizzlies attain $6.3 million cap exception due to Steven Adams injury
On November 16, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the NBA has awarded the Grizzlies a Disabled Player Exception with a worth of up to $6.3 million in response to Adams being shelved for the season.
Per FanSided's very own Marvin Azrak, a Disabled Player Exception works like so: "If a player is out for an extended period of time, the disabled player exception permits their team to find a replacement."
Essentially, it allows the awarded club -- in this case, the Grizzlies -- additional spending flexibility in an effort to fill out their roster following a significant injury to a player.
As things currently stand, it appears Memphis is content with rolling out lineups with Bismack Biyombo serving as the team's primary pivot with Adams sidelined, thus perhaps insinuating that they may wish to look toward other areas to best prioritize their new exception.
No matter which route they choose to embark down, however, per Charania's report they'll have until March 11 to ultimately make a decision.