NBA Rumors: If Baron Davis Gets Cut in Amnesty Clause, Could Miami Heat Pursue?

Thomas GaliciaContributor IINovember 27, 2011

CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Baron Davis #85 of the Cleveland Cavaliers keeps the ball inbounds during the game against the Miami Heat on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Our long basketball-less nightmare is close to an end, so now we can start talking about the fun stuff. 

One great aspect of the settlement that has been agreed upon is the amnesty clause. 

The amnesty clause allows a team to waive one player and not have the remainder of his contract count against the salary cap or luxury tax. 

Most teams have at least one amnesty candidate, some teams have two, but for the Miami Heat, one interesting person to look at is Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis

Davis was involved in a trade last season where the Cavs received a first-round pick (that would wind up being the winning lottery pick that got them Kyrie Irving) and Davis in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. Davis is likely to be a casualty of the amnesty clause due to the Cavs drafting Kyrie Irving as well as his contract, which pays him $28 million over the course of the next two seasons. 

Baron Davis would be a great addition to the Miami Heat because he plays point guard, a position Miami needs help and depth in. While at times Baron Davis has been injury plagued and to many, lazy, Davis is also a player who has shown himself to come up big in huge moments. If he's cut, the Heat could grab him for a cheap price as it is likely that Davis will accept the minimum. 

But there are two obstacles standing in the way of this. 

The first obstacle is the system itself, which is different from what was anticipated. 

At first it was believed that after a player was waived with the amnesty clause, he would be allowed to sign with any team willing to pay for his services. 

This won't be the case though, at least not according to an outline of the proposed CBA obtained by the Sun-Sentinel. 

The NBA instead will institute a "modified waiver process" that will allow teams operating under the salary cap to "submit competing offers to assume some but not all of the player's remaining contract."

Under a system like this, teams operating under the cap who need a point guard like Indiana would be more likely to pounce on the chance to grab a Baron Davis. The only way the Heat would be able to sign Davis would be if he cleared the waivers without a team bidding on him. 

The other obstacle could also be the fact that Baron Davis might not be an amnesty clause casualty of all. 

Just remember who he plays for. Yes, it makes perfect business sense for the Cavaliers to release Davis, they'll need the cap room next season to help build around their youngsters in Irving and Tristan Thompson, but will they do it if it is something that could possibly help LeBron James and his team? Remember who owns the Cavaliers. 

And I'm not just saying that, here's something coming directly from an article written by Marc Stein and Chad Ford:

"If the Cavs were to burn their amnesty card on Davis, sources say LeBron's Heat would become an instant suitor and serious threat to sign Baron ... which would be painful beyond words for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to stomach."

That by itself could make the possibility moot. 

However, if everything goes right for Miami, and Baron Davis is not only cut by the Cavs but also not bid on by any teams currently under the cap, Baron Davis should become the next member of the Miami Heat and if he's in shape even their starting point guard on Christmas day against Dallas

Unless Steve Nash is somehow an amnesty clause casualty (doubt it, and there's no way he makes it past the bidding process if he is), Davis would be Miami's best shot at a top-tier point guard to add to the team. My only worries would be the fact that Davis at times can be the type to shoot first, but as a career 41-percent shooter (and 32 percent from behind the arc), it will likely not be as bad. On top of that, Davis would be able to distribute the ball to Wade, Bosh and LeBron as well as just about anyone not named Steve Nash. 

It would be a slam dunk for the Heat to add Davis, but everything has to break in their favor in order to do so. 


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