There are a whole lot of interesting amnesty clause questions out there this season — will the Heat use it on Mike Miller? Will the Lakers use it on Metta World Peace? How quickly will the Suns use it on Josh Childress?
Here is a quick reminder of how the Amnesty Clause works.
• Teams will have from July11 to July 17 to declare a player amnestied. After that window they have to wait a year to use it.
• Teams can only amnesty players on their roster when the lockout ended. Teams cannot amnesty players they traded for after the lockout or players they signed as a free agent since then.
• Teams can only use one per this labor agreement — if a team used it last year they do not have another. For example, the Portland Trail Blazers used theirs on Brandon Roy last year, they do not have another. The Knicks used theirs on Chauncey Billups, they used theirs up.
• Using an amnesty on the player wipes his contract official team books, he does not count against the salary cap or luxury tax. However, the player does still get paid the money from his contract.
• Teams cannot re-sign the player they just amnestied.
Well, so much for the whole Chris Paul thing.
The Clippers put in the high bid among multiple teams to claim Chauncey Billups off waivers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
Now the real question — will Billups retire or will he play for the Clippers?
Billups has threatened retirement if he didn’t get sent to a team he wanted to play for, he wanted to be a free agent Wojnarowski says was leaning towards the Lakers or the Heat, two contenders who need point guards. But a lot of players — including CP3 — have expressed interest in the Clippers thanks to Blake Griffin. Is that and Los Angeles attractive enough to Billups, or would he retire?
Another question: Do the Clippers really need him? They already have two good point guards on the roster in Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe.
Billups was on the waiver wire because the Knicks used their amnesty on him to clear the way for signing Tyson Chandler. Under the terms of the new CBA, teams under the salary cap could bid on the rights to that player for a portion of the season (the bid would be the price that team would pay of the salary, the Knicks pick up the rest).
The Clippers did not get Billups as a trade chip — players grabbed off amnesty cannot be traded until July 1 next year (when Billups would be a free agent anyway). They want him for the season.
The Clippers were able to bid because they were under the salary cap… at least until they would have matched the bid the Warriors put in on DeAndre Jordan. Which L.A. had not yet done. The Clippers had up to $3.5 million to bid.
Richard Jefferson apparently is out in San Antonio… which with the Spurs always makes you think something else is coming. Like maybe Caron Butler.
Jefferson will be one of the first players waived under the new amnesty provision, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
The Spurs have decided to use the amnesty clause on contract of Richard Jefferson, league sources tell Y! Sports. He has 3 years, $30M left.
This would drop the Spurs below the luxury tax level, to $65.2 million on the books heading into the season. But this is also a Spurs team in win-now mode and Jefferson may have been overpaid but he did contribute on the court, 11 points per game and he was a three-point threat that spread the floor. So how do the Spurs replace that production?
How about Butler, who met with the Spurs on Wednesday, Wojnarowski tweets. Butler has been drawing interest from a lot of teams — Bulls, Clippers, Nets and others — but this has to be a serious consideration.
If not Butler, you know there will be a good “plan B.” This is the Spurs, there is always a plan. But Jefferson is not part of it.
Jefferson likely will draw interest on the free agent market. But he may not fall to a contending team — under the new amnesty rules there is a secondary waiver where teams under the salary cap can bid to pay a part of the players contract and get his services (the player has no say in this, he cannot reject it). Jefferson may be bid on.
Brandon Roy is going to get one more shot.
The player who has four years, $68 million left on his max contract and no cartilage left in his knees will not have the amnesty clause used on him yet, he will play Portland again this season, reports Ben Goliver at Blazers Edge. Roy and Blazers staff had a 90-minute meeting recently to discuss his future.
Here is the direct quote from acting general manager Chad Buchanan:
“There would have to be a drastic change in where we are at right now, or where Brandon feels he’s at, to have something be altered as to where we stand today.”
What’s more, coach Nate McMillan suggested he could use Brandon Roy as the starter at the two and not Nicolas Batum. Roy rested his knees this summer and told the Blazers they felt very strong.
The question is how much Roy can contribute before his knees start to wear, especially in a condensed schedule where he will get less rest. As we saw in the playoffs last year, he is still capable of great games, but that will not be the consistent part.
In Portland Roy is beloved and the popular sentiment was to give him another shot. But, if he cannot contribute anywhere near his max deal, they may have to amnesty him eventually to move the rebuilding along (they can use it any time during his deal).
But eventually is not now.
If we didn’t call this the amnesty provision the Gilbert Arenas rule, we would call it the Rashard Lewis rule. He is owed $21.1 million this season and $22 million next season, and while he still has some value at as a stretch four he doesn’t have second-highest-paid-player-in-the-league value.
But the Wizards are not going to use the amnesty clause on him, not yet anyway reports the Washington Post.
Two people with knowledge of the Wizards’ thinking have said that it is unlikely that the team uses the amnesty provision on Lewis or anyone else before this season. But the Wizards could wait and see what players other teams waive, which could add more free agents to the mix.
Actually, this makes a lot of sense.
You amnesty a guy for two reasons. One, to avoid paying the luxury tax, but the Wizards have $47 million locked up according to the Post (or just $40 million according to Sham Sports). They need to add salary on to make the new league minimum.
The other reason is to free up cap space to go after a free agent. Is it worth it to go offer a max or near max deal to Nene? To get in the running for David West? Those are your biggest unrestricted free agents out there. You could try to overpay for Thaddeus Young and steal him away from Philly, but is that a wise use of the money.
The Wizards are better off holding on to the amnesty card and playing it next summer, when there will be quality free agents on the market.
Just know this — fans love the amnesty clause but there will be five or fewer guys who get waived that way before the season starts. GMs are going to wait and use it later (and who they can use it on is not formally defined yet).