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#21 Warren2ThaG



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Posted July 12, 2012 - 06:11 PM

Garcia, wow yes

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Posted July 12, 2012 - 06:36 PM

Look At amnesty Candidates Around The NBA

By Sean Deveney Sporting News
Published Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm EDT

Now that we’re at the end of moratorium time, Elton Brand will be joining a pretty exclusive club—he will be the eighth player since the completion of the new collective bargaining agreement to be waived by his team through the amnesty clause, joining Chauncey Billups, Gilbert Arenas, Charlie Bell, Brandon Roy, Baron Davis, James Posey and Travis Outlaw. Don’t weep for Brand, however.

Under the amnesty rules, Brand will still get paid his full $18 million salary for this year, and he will certainly be picked up on waivers.

Once the Philadelphia 76ers part with Brand, 22 other teams still have the right to give out amnesty pink slips of their own, a surprising number given that owners very much wanted amnesty to be part of the new CBA—it was common sport at the end of the lockout to guess which player each team would cut. The rule benefits teams because they’re allowed to remove the waived player’s salary from their books, either creating instant cap space or dodging a luxury-tax bill. But the provision has not been used much because teams have not found it advantageous to dump a guy and pay him to play for someone else.

Still, until July 17, teams have the right to exercise the clause on any player on their roster, so long as that player (and his contract) has been with the team continuously since the new CBA was put into place last winter—in other words, you can’t trade for or sign a player, then amnesty him. There are several candidates beyond Brand, but again, the clause will be used sparingly.

Strong candidates

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Darko Milicic, Minnesota Timberwolves. Even with restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, the Timberwolves are looking to add useful young players to their depth chart. Coach Rick Adelman clearly doesn’t like Milicic much, and Minnesota can dump him to create the cap space it needs to add that depth. Milicic’s only saving grace is that he makes only $5.2 million this year. Next year is the final year on his contract, and it’s only guaranteed for $1.7 million.

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Mike Miller, Miami Heat. It seemed a foregone conclusion for the Heat to amnesty Miller, even after he scored 27 points in the title-clinching Game 5 of the NBA Finals. But Heat president Pat Riley says that no one will be amnestied this year. That doesn’t make much sense, though, with Ray Allen coming in and the Heat having the opportunity to remove the final three years and $18 million of Miller’s contract from the ledger. One possibility: If Miller does decide that his back injury is too severe and he wants to retire, the Heat will wipe the rest of Miller’s contract off the books one year from now.

Possible bold moves

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Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf does not want the team paying a luxury tax, but it will be difficult to avoid without trading either Joakim Noah or Luol Deng. But those are useful players, and the Bulls want to keep them. They’d be all for trading Boozer, but there have been no takers because Boozer is 30, on the downslope of his career and slated to make $47 million in the next three years. Still, using amnesty on Chicago’s big free-agent prize from the summer of 2010 would not go over well in the organization.

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Andray Blatche, Washington Wizards. GM Ernie Grunfeld resisted the urge to amnesty Rashard Lewis last offseason, and it paid off when he was able to trade Lewis’ partially-guaranteed contract to the New Orleans Hornets for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. Grunfeld has done well to rid the Wizards locker room of knuckleheads, but Blatche—and the three years, $23 million on his contract—remain.

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Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers. In the wake of the Steve Nash acquisition, L.A. will be looking at a pretty hefty tax bill. While they shopped MWP heavily before draft night, there were no takers, and though he’s still a useful player, World Peace is not worth the $15 million plus taxes it will cost the Lakers to keep him on the roster.

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Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets. Harrington was remarkably productive last year, averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. But he’s still a 32-year-old tweener who makes $6.7 million this year for a team that has tax concerns. Harrington’s deal is only partially guaranteed for the final two years, though, so it might be wise for the Nuggets to hold onto him and let him go next year.

Outside chances

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Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee entered the offseason with plenty of question marks in the frontcourt but has since come away with Samuel Dalembert and rookie John Henson and will re-sign Ersan Ilyasova. Add Ekpe Udoh, acquired in the Andrew Bogut deal, and Larry Sanders to the mix, and suddenly, Milwaukee has a glut up front. Trades of Mbah a Moute or Drew Gooden are possible, but amnesty is an option, too.

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Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors. Had Toronto been successful in its pursuit of Nash—or Ilyasova, for that matter—Calderon would have been gone. But the Raptors have cap-friendly Kyle Lowry instead, so it makes sense to keep Calderon on hand to use as trade bait.

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Brendan Haywood, Dallas Mavericks. Like Calderon, Haywood’s fate hinged on his team’s ability to attract a major free agent. But the Mavericks missed on Deron Williams, and as a result, there is no reason to cut Haywood.

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Josh Childress, Phoenix Suns. Childress has been a disappointment in Phoenix, but the Suns aren’t near the tax and don’t have much incentive to cut him. Should Grant Hill leave town, there could be some playing time opened up for Childress.

Should but won’t

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Desagana Diop, Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte likely will need Diop’s contract on the books in order to meet the minimum salary requirement, which sits at 85 percent of the salary cap.

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John Salmons, Sacramento Kings. The Kings probably will keep Salmons for the same reason the Cats will keep Diop.


Al Harrington, Mike Miller, and Luc Mbah a Moute would be intriguing.

#23 Cj2008nw


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Posted July 12, 2012 - 09:48 PM

Get andray blatche!

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 05:03 AM

Tyrus Thomas is an awful player. He is just terrible. He has good games every now and then where he shows flashes of his potential, but then he reverts to normal with a string of boneheaded plays.

Not really interested in any of these guys.

Its easy to look bad on bobcats. he would be able to stay within himself and just use his hustle & athleticism to make plays on both sides of the ball for LA. no plays would need to be ran for him. we need effort guys that are athletic, long, & young! for cheap pricetag its exactly the right type of move instead of paying old veterans to come get injured and waste roster spot
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#25 L.A.K.E.R


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Posted July 13, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Its easy to look bad on bobcats. he would be able to stay within himself and just use his hustle & athleticism to make plays on both sides of the ball for LA. no plays would need to be ran for him. we need effort guys that are athletic, long, & young! for cheap pricetag its exactly the right type of move instead of paying old veterans to come get injured and waste roster spot

No, it's easy to look bad when you're a bad player. He had every opportunity on the Bobcats to cement himself as a starter. He consistently failed to deliver. Effort and Tyrus Thomas should not be put into the same sentence. He is anything but an effort guy.

Athletic, yes, but he's got zero basketball IQ. No thanks.

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