The postseason is underway, but for many teams, the offseason has already started. Even the teams who are in the playoffs this year are thinking about what will happen in the offseason. For 13 teams, that includes whether they should use their amnesty option, and if so, on whom?
Actually, there are 15 teams who have their amnesty remaining, but one team, the New Orleans Pelicans, has no amnesty eligible players. Of the remaining 14 teams, some have an amnesty that they are unlikely to ever use. Some have one they will inevitably use.
For those who aren’t clear on the rules, they are simple. After the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement, every team was given one “amnesty,” where they could cut one player and pay all his remaining salary but be free of his contract burden against the cap.
There is no expiration date on the amnesty, but all players who were amnesty eligible will have their contracts run out by the end of the 2015-16 season.
In order to be amnesty eligible, the player must have been on his current team and under his contract when the new CBA was signed. Amnesty rights are not traded with a player. Extensions with the same team are not amnesty eligible.
Teams are ranked here according to the likelihood of using their amnesty, not according to the quality of the players.