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Just a reminder, teams can use amnesty for week staring July 11

Jun 25, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

Metta World Peace AP

There are a whole lot of interesting amnesty clause questions out there this season — will the Heat use it on Mike Miller? Will the Lakers use it on Metta World Peace? How quickly will the Suns use it on Josh Childress?

Here is a quick reminder of how the Amnesty Clause works.

• Teams will have from July11 to July 17 to declare a player amnestied. After that window they have to wait a year to use it.

• Teams can only amnesty players on their roster when the lockout ended. Teams cannot amnesty players they traded for after the lockout or players they signed as a free agent since then.

• Teams can only use one per this labor agreement — if a team used it last year they do not have another. For example, the Portland Trail Blazers used theirs on Brandon Roy last year, they do not have another. The Knicks used theirs on Chauncey Billups, they used theirs up.

• Using an amnesty on the player wipes his contract official team books, he does not count against the salary cap or luxury tax. However, the player does still get paid the money from his contract.

• Teams cannot re-sign the player they just amnestied.

  1. bobulated - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I sincerely hope (but highly doubt) Danny Ferry’s first act as Hawk’s GM will be to flush Joe Johnson’s contract in this way.

    • drunkenjunk - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      hawks are stuck with him for at least another year, probably two.

    • progress2011 - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM


      I agree with you 100% !!! The fact that Joe Johnson makes more than LBJ, CP3, Kevin Durant,Deron Williams, Tony Parker, D-Wade etc. etc. etc is RIDICULOUS !!!

      • bobulated - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        As much as I can dream about it I don’t see the Hawks paying Joe the 80 million left on his deal not to play for them.

  2. tannethrill - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Just a reminder, the Heat won’t use it. Guaranteed

  3. camnellum12 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I actually want Metta to stay a Laker. He sometimes will make ridiculous plays (like when he almost lost us the game in New Orleans), but he plays hard and will come up in big game against big stars.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      i agree. he brings that “X” factor where he can come up huge and lockdown his assignment…but yeah, he obviously has some baggage but I like MWP…great guy to have off the bench.

    • therealhtj - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      There’s no real benefit to amnestying MWP. He’s a little overpaid, sure, but to get a starting caliber SF for 7mil who can play D and hit an occasional shot isn’t the worst contract on the team by a longshot. And even if you get rid of him, you’ve still got to pay him and whomever you get to replace him. Not really much of a savings there. He’ll also be an expiring contract next summer and be a lot easier to move. If they could do it with Walton, dumping MWP’s contract should be a cakewalk.

      Besides the Lakers need to save that amnesty for next year when the really harsh luxury tax penalties kick in. If they can’t find a taker for Gasol that allows the team to improve and shed salary, he’s the likely amnesty.

  4. danfrommv - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I suspect the Lakers will trade Pau for Josh Smith. The Hawks need a bigger player, the Lakers need a more athletic player. Doesn’t really help with the luxury tax, but maybe the Lakers take back a bad, short term contract in addition to make the salaries work and then amnesty the new player (?)

    • camnellum12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      J-Smoove is a volume shooting “PF”. Hell no

  5. berto55 - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    As stated in the article you cannot amnesty a player you traded for after the cba was signed… no go.

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