Detroit Pistons: Amnesty Clause Predictions for the 2012 Offseason

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Detroit Pistons: Amnesty Clause Predictions for the 2012 Offseason

When the lockout finally ended, the big buzz going around the NBA was regarding the amnesty clause. The league's version of a get-out-of-jail-free card was going to be a godsend for the Detroit Pistons and many other teams because it offered a painless way to rid themselves of lousy contracts.

This wasn't the first time the NBA enacted this kind of rule, though. In 2005, the "Allen Houston rule" allowed teams to waive one terrible contract. While the player still got paid and their salary still counted against the cap, the team didn't have to pay the luxury tax.

In 2011, the amnesty clause went a step further. Teams could dump a player and their contract, not pay the luxury tax and the salary would NOT count against the cap. Teams rejoiced, but not many acted decisively. 

Teams can use the amnesty clause until the 2015-2016 season so there was no rush.

The Detroit Pistons would certainly benefit from using amnesty this summer; many fans wish they would have used it already.

These are my predictions about how the amnesty clause will impact the Pistons as well as how it might impact their outlook in free agency.

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