NBA Lockout: Once Lockout Is Lifted, These 15 Teams Should Use Amnesty Clause

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NBA Lockout: Once Lockout Is Lifted, These 15 Teams Should Use Amnesty Clause
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Since the spring, NBA teams have known that an Amnesty Clause, a rule that allows teams to eliminate bad player contracts under certain conditions is coming. Back in 2005, teams were able to shed bad contracts but only received luxury tax relief. When players are shed via Amnesty this year, 75% of the contract will not count against the salary cap. There is also rising support for teams to have two years to decide to amnesty a player, where as in 2005 teams had just two weeks.  Many small market teams argue that this rule clearly helps big market teams the most. However, you can still expect all teams to be debating which players, if any they wish to shed. Each team has its own set of bad contracts, and there will be many teams that could decide to lose a player. These are 15 teams likely to set a player free. 

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