Gilbert Arenas and 4 Other Players on NBA Amnesty Clause Chopping Block
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As part of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, the league will allow teams to cut one player prior to the start of the season.
For some teams that means big savings and more cap room. For some overpriced veterans, that means an easy payday and possibly a new team.
Let's take a peek at some of the possible candidates who might play elsewhere.
Going Back to Cali?
How much does Davis have in the tank?
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Baron Davis (Cavaliers): $20 million and two years left.
Let's make way for Kyrie Irving, the point guard of the future in Cleveland. Davis has worn out his welcome and would probably like to return to the Los Angeles area. The Lakers could use a scoring point guard with Derek Fisher aging.
No More Shots for Gilbert?
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Gilbert Arenas (Magic): $62 million and three years left.
No player has seen their stock drop as much as Gilbert Arenas has. With $62 million owed over three years, this is a no-brainer. Considered one of the top scoring threats over the last few years, Arenas has seen injuries and bad choices bring him and his game down.
Some team will still take a risk on signing him because there must be something left in his tank—just nothing worth $62 million. If healthy, he could be an explosive sixth man.
Next Stop for Rashard?
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Rashard Lewis (Wizards): $44 million and two years left.
Well, it's only right to proceed with another overpriced shooter whose salary says superstar but game shows bench player.
Lewis is looking a lot like a one-dimensional player whose dimension is shooting. Lewis shows proficiency in three-point shooting but his post defense is a glaring weakness.
The Wizards could fill in pieces by getting rid of all that money.
Rip Needs A New Home
Rip for Hire?
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"Rip" Hamilton (Pistons): $25 million and two years left.
Can you say, youth movement? Rip might end up being the most valuable asset of the amnesty chopping block group. He can go to a team in need of a quality player who knows how to win.
Rip is a savvy veteran who still runs off picks extremely well and knows how to put the ball in the basket.
With the team looking like it was going to cut him for his antics last year, the time is now and the savings could help address other needs.
In Need of an Injury Prone Shooter?
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Mike Miller (Heat): $24 Million and four years left:
Double-M was brought to Miami to do one thing—shoot the ball. Instead, he's had four surgeries in the last year.
Miami will look elsewhere after Miller gave them a career low 5.6 points per game. After a recent hernia surgery that could keep Miller out four to eight weeks, Miami's choice looks obvious.