And if it turns out he's good to go in December?
Just because it doesn't exist doesn't mean it shouldn't
Disabled player exception
• 2005 CBA: Five years, starting at the lesser of half the replaced player's salary or the average salary, with 8 percent raises.
• 2011 CBA: One year, starting at the lesser of half the replaced player's salary or the non-taxpayer midlevel exception.
• Who benefits? This exception provides teams with the ability to sign an emergency replacement for an injured player. Under the previous CBA, the player could be signed to a five-year contract, meaning a permanent replacement could be obtained. This also opened the door to situations where the injured player returned to the team while his replacement was still on the roster. By reducing to one year in the new CBA, this exception will more closely match its intent -- to provide a short-term emergency replacement for an injured player. Teams will now have to fend for themselves if the player's injury keeps him out for more than a year.
But he needs to return and travel and rehabilitate with the team. Put his arse on the shelf, let him heal and rest and do whatever that people like him does but i think it's important for his presence to be around this team and team be around him and see him work hard in rehabilitation.