Pelicans apply for disabled player exception after Miller injury

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

The New Orleans Pelicans have applied for a disabled player exception worth $3.625 million, according to Shams Charania of Satdium.

The Pelicans are expected to lose forward Darius Miller for the season with an Achilles injury, suffered late last month.

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 said to be 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.