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NBA OKs Disabled Player Exception

September 28, 2001

HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Rockets received a disabled player exception from the NBA on Friday for forward Maurice Taylor, recovering from a right Achilles’ tendon injury.

Taylor, who recently signed a six-year, $48 million contract, was injured during a pickup game in Detroit on Sept. 3 and returned to Houston for surgery. Taylor likely will be out for the season.

The exception allows the Rockets to spend up to half the amount of Taylor’s salary cap figure on a free agent for the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Taylor averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Rockets last season. He had been expected to help the Rockets next season in rebounding and shooting.

His injury came after the Rockets traded center Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto and signed free agent Glen Rice, who is recovering from a foot injury.

The Rockets will open training camp in Houston on Oct. 1 and start practices Oct. 2 in Austin.

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