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Who are the most likely amnesty clause cuts? Hello Darko.

Jul 9, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

We already know Elton Brand will be amnestied in Philly.

But come Wednesday (and for one week after that) what other guys are likely going to be sent packing with the amnesty clause this year?

Larry Coon of ESPN put together a comprehensive list and here is what we know — there will likely be a few, but not many. Remember, teams only get one for this CBA and guys who get amnestied get their full salary, they just come off a team’s official books. Also, they then go into a special waiver wire where teams below the salary cap can bid on taking over a portion of their salary and getting their services. For example, Brand will be amnestied and the Mavericks are expected to bid on him. If they win the bid process with a hypothetical $4 million bid, then he plays in Dallas, they pay him $4 million (on their books) and Philly ponies up the remaining $14 million Brand is owed.

Here are they guys at the top of Coon’s list, with paraphrasings of his thoughts mixed with a few of mine.

Brendan Haywood, Dallas Mavericks: If the Mavs had landed Deron Williams or another big name Haywood be sent packing. Now… maybe they wait a year and keep him around to soak up minutes.

Using the amnesty clause on Haywood once seemed like a foregone conclusion as the Mavs maneuvered to clear cap room for the likes of Deron Williams. But after failing to land a big-name free agent, the Mavs are no longer desperate for the cap room.

Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers: They have been looking to move him for a while now, but if he is not key to the new Lakers rotation, do they amnesty him to save some tax money?

Mike Miller, Miami Heat: There is real logic here — he is owed $18.8 million over three years for a team that just got Ray Allen and is over the tax line. But reports out of Miami say the Heat will not be making any amnesty moves this year. Maybe Miller retires, but would you leave that much money on the table?

Darko Milicic, Minnesota Timberwolves: They have to clear out cap space to go after Nicolas Batum, this seems a logical move.

Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors: You can decide if you would send Jose Calderon or Johnson packing, but there’s a good chance one of them could to.

  1. zlmillerkazz - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Charlie Villanueva – Pistons

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      apparently Dumars has no plans to cut him. Maybe he thinks he can get some trade value for him? I dunno…

    • franchiseplaya - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      hey give poor charlie v. a break. Calipari didn’t want him on the dominican team cuz he was too fat and then they missed out on the Oly’s! coincidence? yah, probably.

  2. Justin - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Darko is an obvious choice but he also could be part of a trade package because he does have an expiring contract. I know no one wants him as a player but may be interested in using him to help trim salary.

    • thestudiokida - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      How is he an expiring contract? He signed for 4 years and $20 million on July 1, 2010.

      • Justin - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Yeah but 4th year is team option. Decline the option and happy day you don’t have Darko on your team anymore after this season.

  3. seanb20124 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Miller had a mansion auctioned off in Miami, so doubt he retires

  4. ksyeszir - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I really wish the Bulls would amnesty Carlos BOOzer already. It doesn’t matter what his numbers are, during the end of games and during the playoffs he’s a no show. Give Taj the starting job and get rid of that horrible contract so they can get someone to score alongside Rose

  5. ksyeszir - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I wish the Bulls would amnesty Carlos BOOzer already. It doesn’t matter what his numbers are, he disappears in the fourth quarter and in the playoffs. Get his terrible contract off the books and give Taj Gibson his shot.

  6. scorp16 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Don’t read too much into that. He’s got a few houses. He auctioned the one right off the Hilsboro Inlet. Florida real estate market ain’t that great. It could have literally sat on the market forever if he hadn’t of auctioned and then he’d still be responsible for the bank note. Miller ain’t hurting for cash. Retirement is purely a health decision not financial.

    • thetooloftools - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      scorp16 ~ correct.

    • thestudiokida - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Okay so maybe you have some insight… will Miller retire? If I’m the Heat I hope he does or maybe amnesty. Is James Jones under contract? He’s given them more than Miller last two years.

  7. sergio408 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    John Salmons – Kings?

  8. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Still not sure what sixers are thinking. Brand in last year of deal. Seems extreme for not making any noise with free agents. Then again they do seem to lack direction

  9. tomtravis76 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    So, if a guy clears the special waiver and becomes an UFA, can they sign for league minimums and the other team pays the difference or would they be “double dipping”?

    Darko on the Heat, 2003 picks 1, 2, 4 and 5.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    No LAkers!!! Not MWP!!!!! NOOOOOO!!

    Steve Blake please!

    • loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      unfortunately…he is our only back up at this point. but i understand the concern!

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        I agree Blake needs to go. He was really good last season until he got injured, then he completely lost all confidence in his game and he played horribly. I would rather they give the backup spot to Goudelock, who is a stone cold shooter and at least shows some heart when he plays. Steve blake started playing scared end of last year.

        Definitely do NOT amnesty Metta. What’s the point? He was giving lakers 30 minutes a game last year, and he is still very valuable on the court. Who would they replace him with, without depleting the bench? Also, MWP is the perfect role player to play on a star studded team: Can guard the opposing best wing, can shoot, not afraid of the big moment.

    • danfrommv - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      I don’t think they will amnesty MWP. The bench is already very weak. If they let MWP go, there would just be more minutes to fill with inept backups. Since they signed Nash, they will try to make a go of it this year. If it doesn’t work, they will amnesty next year and maybe trade Pau during or after the season.

  11. personalspaceinvader - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Chris Anderson – Nuggets

    Just speculating. He’s not very key to the Nuggets, especially if they intend to retain JaVale McGee.

  12. trueballs - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Amnestying Miller won’t help the Heat financially. still will be above cap, and they already used their mini mid-level.

    • thestudiokida - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      It will help by saving the owner double what Miller makes and opening a roster spot. And the money does come off the official cap figure so I’m sure there’s other random exceptions and rules that can be taken advantage off once he’s amnestied.

  13. irish2011 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Carlos Boozer??? Do this n extend Gibson

  14. dab415217 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miller never play another game for the Heat. However, it is better for the Heat to keep him around for this year, petition the league for an injured player exception for Miller saying it is likely he’s out for the year, then getting about a 3mil exception to go out and bring in another player.

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