The hot topic in the NBA right now is the triumphant return of the ‘amnesty clause’ which allows each team to waive one player and get his contract off the salary cap. This provision was a hit in the NBA almost a decade ago and will most likely be remixed when the new CBA is reached (hopefully this year). We at blogNBAsketball aren’t going to bore you by going down the entire list of teams and the likeliest casualties. You all can read the numbers, it doesn’t take a Shane Battier to figure out that guys like Baron Davis and Gilbert Arenas are as good as gone. What we’re doing here is discussing some players that you would never expect to get waived…Why? because if the owners had it their way, there would be a drastic change in the financial structure of the league. Drastic times call for drastic measures.
So get ready, these names are big…..
This is as much for Steve’s good as it is for the Suns. Nash will never demand a trade out of Phoenix despite his intense desire to contend for a championship. If it was up to him he’d spend his twilight years mentoring point guard Aaron Brooks in the Valley of the Sun. This move would allow him to pursue that elusive ring he so desperately wants without having to turn his back on Suns fans. Phoenix traded for Brooks last season to be the heir-apparent at the point. They realized that Goran Dragic wasn’t a floor general but, rather, a combo guard best suited for coming off the bench. Aaron, meanwhile, has experience leading a franchise. He was arguably the best player on the Houston Rockets during their playoff run in 2009. With Steve gone chasing a ring, AB would take the reigns of this young squad and once again flourish. In addition, Robert Sarver is one of the more vocal owners in trying to exact major change in a new labor deal. In waiving Nash, Sarver would get the instant payroll relief that he so desperately desires. I think everyone would benefit in this scenario (except Planet Orange).
The Bulls front office won’t admit it, but they got caught up in the madness of The Insurrection last summer. They had a pile of money and a gap at the power forward spot. With Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh off the market, they settled on Bruise…I mean, ‘Booze’. They needed a durable, lost-post scorer and instead got a frail, perimeter shooter. I can’t remember seeing Derrick Rose run a single pick n’ pop play with him last season, which is Carlos’s specialty. His contract maxes out at $16 million in 2015, but his body will be finished way before that. No one will take this deal off Chicago’s hands so a trade is not realistic. Joe Johnson‘s monster deal is more likely to get moved than Boozer’s. The Bulls should just shed his salary and go at this free agent thing one more time, hopefully more prudently. The Windy City is a popular free agent destination these days thanks to the presence of Rose and the atmosphere created by Tom Thibodeau. In the meantime, Taj Gibson can hold down the fort. He showed in the playoffs that he is more than just a “role” player. Gar Forman, waive Carlos Boozer ASAP…..Bulls fans will thank you later.
I’m annoyed with all those people that tried to break-up the ‘Big Three’ in Miami last season…that being said, the Heat should use their ‘amnesty clause’ provision on Chris Bosh. Let me clarify, the people trying to break up the Heatles last year were haters. I’m not a hater, I really think that the Heat would be a much better team if it was Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and a more evenly balanced supporting cast. Freeing up Bosh’s $ can do that instantly. If they try to trade him it’ll be tough to get the right pieces back. CB’s “max” contract is more than either James or Wade make on the court, so they’ll just be exchanging bloated salaries with another cash-strapped team. Plus, who’ll want to trade for Chris after the up n’ down season he had last year? Miami is a premier free agent destination (basketball not included). They could quickly grab some talented pieces that fit to replace the really talented one that doesn’t fit in Chris Bosh. I don’t blame Pat Riley for getting Bosh last summer. I am of the belief that he wasn’t all that enamored with him as a player…but he knew to get LBJ he needed both Wade and Bosh already in his pocket. A year later, this new clause allows him to amend that decision as James is already locked in. Anyways, I doubt Lebron would mind Bosh being moved. James sees what I see but he just won’t say it publicly. Chris Bosh’s identity as an NBA player is as a #1. If he’s not showcased he’s not productive. He gets lost in the shuffle playing alongside Lebron and Dwyane (maybe it’s a zodiac thang). ‘Riles’ should take advantage of the new CBA…even if owner Mickey Arison doesn’t.
So there you have it. These are some names you might not expect to see waived in the coming weeks but you have to admit, there’s some logic to them. The amnesty clause is intended to shed salary in order to get under the salary cap…but some of these teams should use it to free themselves of an awkward situations.
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