Boston Celtics' 5 Best Amnesty Candidates

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Boston Celtics' 5 Best Amnesty Candidates
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"BREAKING: Tentative agreement reached, according to one of the negotiators. #NBA #lockout"

With this simple tweet from CBS Sports' Ken Berger, NBA fans the world over breathed a sigh of relief.

And then immediately began poring over details of the newly-released draft settlement agreement for hints as to how it could effect their team's title chances for the fast-approaching season.

For many, one of the most interesting features of the new agreement is the Amnesty Clause. 

This clause allows each franchise to cut one player from its roster, with the player's salary deducted from the team's salary cap. This amnesty option must be used within the life of the new CBA.

In effect, the clause gives each team one "do-over"—an opportunity to erase one of the mistakes made in signing a player for too much or too long.

Given the Celtics currently only have six players under contract, the options for amnesty candidates are limited.

However, an opportunity exists for the team to quickly free up some cash to spend on some of the league's free agents in the hopes of one more push for a title.

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