Yes, we're talking "Andres Nocioni".
Excuse me, who?
Oh, you know: the 6'7" bench "player" that's miraculously on the Sixers' roster, making an unreasonably generous $6.6 million a year, for the next two seasons. He's averaged less than two points per game this season, and probably gets exhausted after exerting about 5 minutes of playing time per game in this 2012 NBA season.
You know, that Andres Nocioni.
Another thing to recognize during this peculiar NBA season is that during the Collective Bargaining Agreement the league amended an Amnesty Clause. This clause provides a route to correct financial mishaps when it comes to the measure of success (or lack thereof) of the players in correlation to their 'earn'-ings. All teams across the league have the opportunity to completely buy-out one contract on their team they find is disrupting their goals to victory, and completely eliminate the problem from the books.
The Knicks, for example, bought out the remnants of Chauncey Billups' contract and ended out relieving $14.2 million worth of their economic records. Potentially, this money can be used elsewhere (ahem, Dwight Howard)—whether it be finding another point guard not named Iman Shumpert (or get Dwight Howard), or maybe finding a compliment for a very isolated Carmelo Anthony (maybe Dwight Howard).
Transversely, the Sixers should 100 percent utilize the clause on the monetary black hole Argentinian, Andres Nocioni. The 'tweener small forward/ two-guard has played 8 games total this season, averaging less than 6 MPG. So he's played roughly less than 48 minutes this season—less than one full game.
The Sixers are 14-6 this season, essentially without Andres Nocioni, and you can bet Sixers aficionados wish that the financial books, too, would reflect his absence.
A Nocioni-less Sixers roster would open up a space for a player to make roughly $5 million. By suggesting this amount of money is available to Joshua Harris and Co. means, in my book, that they've extended the contract of Jodie Meeks, and have also set aside some money for a Jrue Holiday contract extension—which seems inevitable at this point during the season.
Some potential candidates that could fill Andres Nocioni's hole in the stellar Sixers' bench include:
Randy Foye PG/SG ($4.3 Million for the Clippers: A Villanova alum playing for a team littered with wing-men)
Landry Fields SG ($0.8 Million for the Knicks: Bound to go up, but is a three-point threat that plays above-par defense for Mike D'Antoni)
Would it be worth Philadelphia's time to sign Ray Allen for next season: despite that he would be 37 years old?
Ray Allen SG ($10.0 Million for the Celtics: Bound to go down, as Boston will have to blow up there aging Big-Three. Adding a vet that's been around the league, spreads the floor, and has underrated defense and driving capabilities could be a steal this offseason)
Okay, so the Ray Allen possibility is just me getting my hopes up (maybe, but be honest, he'd look GREAT in varsity red and blue). Regardless, anything is better than wasting more than $6.5 million a season just to see a "DNP - Coach's Decision" in every box score this season, and the next.
Let the man go back and play for Argentina, or have him play some Euro-ball across the Atlantic. Anything is better than throwing this kind of money out the window (not that I'm speaking from experience).: