This is a question for the CBA guru's.
I think part of the Pacers reluctance to get Danny back in the action until he is totally ready to play is financial. According to the CBA FAQ, Danny's contract is covered by league wide insurance. Because Danny played so few games last season, he meets the qualifications for that insurance. That means 80% of his salary is paid by insurance. That seems to be a big incentive for the Pacers to wait to play Danny only when he is 100%. Letting him work himself into shape during actual games cost the Pacers about $170K per game. Letting him get in shape during practice costs about $35K per game. It seems an easy choice given the Pacers record.
Is my analysis correct?
LinkThere is a league-wide policy that insures the contracts of around 150 players each season . . . If an insured player is disabled, there is a 41 game waiting period, after which the insurance company pays 80% of the guaranteed portion of the player's remaining base salary, up to $175,000 per regular season game. The waiting period can span seasons, and the player even can attempt to come back -- if he does and finds that he is unable to play, the 41-game count resumes (as long as he stopped playing due to the same injury). . .