News broke today that the Wizards were not going to use the Amnesty Clause on Rashard Lewis, according to his agent Tony Dutt who talked with Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears and a press conference held by Ernie Grunfeld.
Rashard has been considered the poster boy of the lockout by several prominent sports sources throughout, with the second highest salary in the league next season, behind only Kobe Bryant.
With many new details of the upcoming CBA agreement coming to light, it is not surprising that the Wizards would be willing to stand pat with the players on their roster. It is becoming clear that they will wait until the season is underway to evaluate the chemistry on the team before making any decisions about using the Amnesty Clause.
Most people think that the Amnesty Clause is the perfect way to get rid of Rashard Lewis’ albatross contract and move on with the rebuild.
Unfortunately, after reading through all the research about the clause and how it works, this would not be the case for the Wizards. In this slideshow I will fully layout the details of the Amnesty Clause, showing why being haste and using it now would be extremely costly to the team.