Applying the Allan Houston Rule to Southwest Division Teams in 2011

One of the topics expected to be discussed during the NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.

allan houston When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.

The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.

Here is a break down of each Southwest Division teams and who would end up being the casualties of the said rule.

Dallas Mavericks

Brendan Haywood is due almost $35 million over the next four seasons.  With that being said, Tyson Chandler is a free agent so cutting Haywood would only make sense if Chandler re-signed with Dallas.  Plus let’s be honest, when has money ever been an issue for Mark Cuban?  Mavs did use the Allan Houston Rule in 2005 to cut Michael Finley so maybe Cuban does take advantage of this option.

Houston Rockets

I know they just acquired him at the trade deadline and he is only entering his third year in the league, but Hasheem Thabeet would be the only play worth cutting for the Rockets.  He will make $5.1 million next season with a team option worth almost $6.5 million in 2012-2013.  The 7-2 center hasn’t shown any indications that he will become a serviceable big man and GM Daryl Morey might be best off cutting his losses while he still can.  Houston is not in any real jeopardy of reaching the luxury tax though so they probably give Thabeet another year to show something and then just turn down his option next summer if he looks to be a bust.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Griz are really one of the underrated teams in terms of building a team with young players and let them develop together.  They do not have any terrible contracts on the books and even though they figure to hit the luxury tax level after re-signing Marc Gasol, Memphis probably passes on this one-time exception.

New Orleans Hornets

With only six players under contract for next season, I don’t think the Hornets can afford to release anybody even if it may help their reported struggling financial situation.  Of those six players, Emeka Okafor is due $40.5 million over the next three seasons.  Although releasing Okafor would literally leave New Orleans with zero post players under contract and would pretty much guarantee that Chris Paul would not re-sign with the Hornets.

richard jefferson spurs

San Antonio Spurs

I thought Richard Jefferson was dumb for opting out of the final year of his deal last summer that would have paid him in excess of $14 million.  But the Spurs re-singed Jefferson to a four-year extension worth about $39 million.

While San Antonio is on its last legs in their NBA title hopes, cutting R.J. would be planning for the inevitable re-building project that will happen in a couple of years.  Plus, the Spurs traded for Jefferson’s potential replacement in Kawhi Leonard during the NBA Draft.

I think the Spurs should release Jefferson and find a cheaper veteran who can fill the starter role and bridge the transition to Leonard taking over the starting spot.

If the Spurs decide Jefferson is too valuable to release, then Antonio McDyess could be the casualty especially if he retires which has been rumored this off-season.  Even if he does come back for another season, he will make more than $5.2 million next season which is a lot to pay for someone who averaged a little more than five points and five boards per game last season.

5 thoughts on “Applying the Allan Houston Rule to Southwest Division Teams in 2011

  1. This is a good read on the new CBA could possibly affect NBA teams whenever the lockout is lifted.

  2. I hope the Spurs can workout a buyout for Jefferson, he has not helped the team and when he is released, the Spurs can use more money to target quality free agents.

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  4. It’s only now that the league hierarchy and owners have come to this conclusion ? I can see why given the mess that Isiah Thomas created with the Knicks while he was there as President & GM of the organization !

    The same rule applies here as it does with the NFL owners they have no common sense at all when it comes to looking at the big picture much less running a successful business and getting a good return on an investment . (ROI)

    Consider the fact that league and its teams are on track to lose close to half a billion dollars this fiscal year . And over the last two years they’ve been aided to the tune of $450 million by way of a loan from major financial institutions on Wall St. But yet Stern says that these loans shouldn’t be viewed as a bailout of the teams in receipt of those funds . Who the hell is David Stern kidding ? Only himself , obviously, because the guy is biggest moron going within the hierarchy of sports alongside Bud Selig in MLB and Goodell in the NFL .

    tophatal ……..

  5. SPURS fans expect the CBA & NBA will reach an agreement. However; say if they don’t then the best scenario is still to keep RJ, DG, DSB and AMac for one more year, but only If the season is short. If the CBA & NBA do reach an agreement just before preseason there are still good quality players to trade for or pick up. We are still top heavy with allot of dead weight on SF’s. This are players that we either drafted or pick up from waivers that were injured and we are banking on them to get back to what they once were, GOOD LUCK cause I still think the FO can package them for able bodies. Plus, bring on Bertans, Richards and the JEDI Hungarian, which by looking at his videos likes to play above the Rim the kid Brings ENERGY, HUSTLE and LIFE like the last FOUR Championship Teams had. If Pop will just let him play his game this could be the next MANU.

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