Report: Suns apply for disabled-player exception for Darrell Arthur

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The Suns need a starting-caliber point guard. It was the simplest flaw of their offseason. That void might have cost Ryan McDonough his job.

But the Suns have limited ability to get a point guard without thinning another part of their roster.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

If granted, the disabled-player exception would be worth $3,732,456. Phoenix could use it to sign a free agent or trade for a player on an expiring contract.

Will the DPE be granted? An NBA-appointed doctor would have to rule Arthur is “substantially more likely than not” to be out through June 15. That’d be a major injury, and it’s unclear what ails Arthur.

The 30-year-old Arthur didn’t contribute much to the Nuggets last season. Perhaps, Phoenix preferred the salary-cap flexibility and insurance payouts all along when trading for him.