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