Here we go with another Darius post...
I believe the Blazers will get their cap space back, or some type of equitable remedy out of this whole situation. Why? It's the league's fault.
- It was the league that appointed the doctor that claimed Darius Miles would not be able to play again.
- It was the league (and the NBAPA) that set forth the criteria for medically retiring a player.
- Portland followed the procedures to the letter; everything was done by the book.
There is an appeals process by which the Blazers can petition the league to remove any future years of a player's salary from their cap number for a situation just like this. (i.e. the jealous GM screwing the Blazers, or the player somehow being touched by Jesus and healing him of his ailments.)
How can the Blazers be at fault for following the rules? The guy hadn't played in over two years! Multiple doctors said he was done! The Blazers were in a no-win situation and the league needs compensate the Blazers for it.
EDIT: Also, did it ever occur to anyone out there that Tom Penn is a LAWYER?