Countdown to Amnesty: Which Players Might Be Nixed from Current Playoff Teams?

Ethan Sherwood Strauss@SherwoodStraussNBA Lead WriterMay 25, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21:  Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up with a trainer before taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The remaining five playoff teams have had relatively successful seasons. But, success is hard to manage. Talent-laden rosters often make for expensive rosters, and someone's contract often becomes a burden. So let's take a look at the amnesty candidates that remain in the playoffs:

Oklahoma City, Kendrick Perkins: Simply put, he's got to go. With James Harden playing himself towards max-money and Serge Ibaka emerging as a defensive force, Perkins just can't make 25 million dollars through 2015. At least, not when he's producing an 8.69 PER. 

Miami Heat, Mike Miller: He had quite a Game 6, but 24 million dollars through 2015 seems like a rather untenable arrangement for the Heat. The amnesty might not come next year, but given Miller's propensity to get hurt, I expect the axe to fall at some point. 

Philadelphia 76ers, Elton Brand: I don't expect Philly to do this, because Brand is owed through only one more year, but his 18 million dollars is a hefty sum for the season. If the 76ers want to make a free agent splash, his final year could get nixed. 

San Antonio Spurs, Nobody: How did they manage this? There are no bad contracts, save for Stephen Jackson's, which expires in 2013. Expect them to sit on the amnesty awhile. 

Boston Celtics, Nobody: Nearly everyone in Boston is coming off the books, save for Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce. There are no bad contracts, currently.