Re-Grading Every NBA Amnesty Decision So Far

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Re-Grading Every NBA Amnesty Decision So Far
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Did the Knicks make the right decision keeping Amar'e over Billups?

The amnesty clause became an important provision of the new collective bargaining agreement, as it allowed each NBA team to cut ties with a player who had been grossly underperforming or was just flat-out dead weight.

Fifteen teams have taken advantage of this clause, which still pays the player when released and allows the team to wipe clear half of the money that was owed to him without it counting against the league's salary cap.

In October of 2011, I speculated for Oncourt Onslaught as to the possible amnesty clause candidates in the Atlantic Division, Central Division, Southeast and Southwest Divisions.

How has each team fared after exercising the amnesty clause? Have they made the right decisions, or should they have exercised the clause on another player, or even chosen not to use it yet?

For grading purposes, I have employed a pass-fail system, as this is one you either get right or don't. Axing guys is serious business.

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