It's Business 101, kids, and today we're going to learn about the grand idea known as the amnesty clause and how it can impact your NBA team.
The amnesty clause, as defined by SI.com, "will allow each team to cut one player currently under contract and have that player's salary (which the team still must pay) vanish from its salary-cap number." In English, it basically means that an NBA team can cut any player under contract at any time and not have those fees attached to its salary cap.
Basically, if an organization cuts a player that's making $10 million, it'll still have to give the player the $10 million, but it can cut that $10 million out of its payroll and have more money to spend on a free agent. It's a beautiful deal that will save a lot of teams the frustration of overpaying an underachieving player even though they'll still have to eventually get the player his money.
It's a savior for every NBA organization because each one has that player that it regrets signing to a lucrative deal. The amnesty clause allows those organizations to cut that player making $8 million to average 10 points per, only once, and instead go look for someone that is more capable of living up to potential and actually earning his contract.
General managers make mistakes from time to time, and this is their get out of jail free card. Here are five players that organizations may cut with the amnesty clause in place and these role players not living up to the expectations of their teams.