Pelicans granted disabled player exception from league

Pelicans forward Darius Miller averaged a career-high 8.2 points last season.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been awarded a disabled player exception for $3.625 million to help with the loss of injured forward Darius Miller, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Miller is expected to miss the entire season after suffering an Achilles injury in August. The Pelicans applied for the DPE last week and the league granted them the full amount.

Miller, 29, became a reliable perimeter threat for the Pelicans last season, then signed a two-year deal worth $14 million early in the summer. The second year of the deal is non-guaranteed.

Miller averaged career-highs of 8.2 points and 2.5 assists in 69 games last season.

Without Miller, new Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin will likely to look to find an experienced player to fit next to the young nucleus of No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.

The exception gives Griffin some room to make a move.