NBA Teams That Still Have Their Amnesty Provision, and How They Should Use It

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NBA Teams That Still Have Their Amnesty Provision, and How They Should Use It
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The Lakers' amnesty process will be one of the most fascinating to follow in 2013.

With the 2013 July moratorium now lifted, teams are once again free to release an underperforming player with their "amnesty provision."

The amnesty, a feature of the league's latest collective bargaining agreement signed in December 2011, is each team's one-time chance to remove a player from their salary cap space through waivers.

Each team must follow a specific set of rules when deciding upon whom to release in this fashion. A player is only eligible to be amnestied if he's been on his team's roster ever since July 1, 2011, without having signed a new contract or extension.

Teams can only use the amnesty once between the 2011-12 and 2015-16 seasons, not once each year. Furthermore, players can only be amnestied within the first seven days after the July moratorium has been lifted (July 10-16 in 2013).

While a handful of teams are rumored to be exercising their amnesty this summer, 14 teams currently have the option available at the moment. Fifteen teams have already exercised their right to amnesty a player, and the one remaining team, the New Orleans Pelicans, has no amnesty-eligible players on their roster.

Who's likely to face the amnesty axe this summer? Let's take a look.

Note: All information about the amnesty provision comes from Larry Coon's 2011 salary cap FAQ. All salary information comes from ShamSports.com or HoopsWorld.com. Teams are featured here in alphabetical order.

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