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Ziller: Explaining NBA's New Amnesty Clause Bid System

Here's a good breakdown of the new Amnesty Clause details from Tom Ziller at SBNation.com... -------------------------- Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham noticed something in the amnesty rundown previously undisclosed. A modified waiver process will be utilized for players waived pursuant to the Amnesty rule, under which teams with Room under the Cap can submit competing offers to assume some but not all of the player's remaining contract. If a player's contract is claimed in this manner, the remaining portion of the player's salary will continue to be paid by the team that waived him. What that seems to mean: if the Portland Trail Blazers waived Brandon Roy, teams with cap space -- like the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers -- could put in silent bids to take over a portion of Roy's contract, with the biggest bid getting his services. The entire contract would be wiped off Portland's cap sheet, and the Blazers would be responsible from the difference in Roy's contract and the winning bid in actual salary paid out. The bid amount (say it's 50 percent for the Pacers) would then be paid by the winning bidder, and that amount would also go on that team's cap sheet. -------------------------- The end result would simply be additional and previously unexpected cash savings for Blazers owner Paul Allen in addition to the cap flexibility and luxury tax cash savings that were already expected prior to the end of the lockout. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel lists teams who are currently way under the cap and could therefore compete in the waiver claim process: Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets. This raises an interesting series of questions. How much would you bid for Brandon Roy (years/dollars) if he hit the open market? What's the largest amount you think he could command given his injury situation and play last season? More amnesty discussion from Saturday here. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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