If the NBA lockout ever comes to an end, a big change will be the new amnesty clause. The variation of the clause will allow any team to get out of a big contract without taking a hit to the salary cap.
For example, if the clause was active a few years ago, as Eddy Curry was eating his way out of the league, the New York Knicks could have eaten his contract and spent their extra millions on a player or players who would, you know, play. The clause also can be an attractive bargaining chip for a trade, just as expiring contracts have been and continue to be.
Whether it is by simply absorbing the contract or via trade, here are five teams that could benefit from the new “Curry Clause.”