John Canzano of the Oregonlive reports an amnesty provision could be part of the new labor agreement.
“Two NBA sources told me Tuesday that they believe there’s consensus among owners on a few important lockout issues. One of those issues being an amnesty clause that would give NBA teams the ability to release one player, pay his salary, take no luxury tax liability, and also, not have that player count against the season salary cap. “
“This is different from the last round of amnesty, which didn’t give the cap relief. And if true, it would likely allow Portland to strongly consider releasing three-time All-Star Brandon Roy, creating an additional $15 million in cap relief next season. Which is only to say, the Blazers need a general manager in the chair now, as this develops, if they’re going to fully maximize the advantages of making such a powerful play.”
If reports are accurate and the provision pushes through, it would provide some serious cap flexibility league-wide. This will be good news for all the teams, not so much for the players.
The San Antonio Spurs will likely consider releasing swingman Richard Jefferson, who has underwhelmed in his two years with the Spurs.
This would give them an additional $9.28 million in cap relief next season.
In all fairness, Jefferson appeared to have done his best to help the Spurs win some games, especially during the regular season.
He averaged 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and shot 47.4 percent from the field, including 44 percent from the 3-point line, in 81 games for San Antonio last season.
Which is not bad for a fourth-wheel on offense.
However, it is in the postseason where he struggled most. In six playoffs games against the Memphis Grizzlies, Jefferson’s numbers dramatically dropped to 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 assist. His field goal shooting percentage also plummeted to 38.7 percent, including 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.
What do you think about this latest development? Should the Spurs release Jefferson if an amnesty provision is given? Tell us what you think.