NBA Amnesty Clause: Breaking It Down
As you all know the NBA lockout is over and there will be a season this year. However there’s going to be some changes. One of them that stands out the most is the amnesty clause. The amnesty clause is used for teams that wish to waive a player and remove them from their team and pretty much pretend like he was never there.
Here’s a closer breakdown of the amnesty clause:
- Each team permitted to waive 1 player prior to any season of the CBA (only for contracts in place at the inception of the CBA) and have 100% of the player’s salary removed from team salary for Cap and Tax purposes.
- Salary of amnestied players included for purposes of calculating players’ agreed-upon share of BRI.
- 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.
Now teams don’t have to use their amnesty privilege this season as they can wait and use it at any point during this collective bargaining agreement so it does come with a little bit of strategy.
So for example, guard Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers has been one of the many players rumored to be used by this amnesty clause agreement, so let’s go through what would happen if he did. Once being waived from the Trail Blazers Roy could then be picked up by any other team as long as that team is under the salary cap. So it’s not just a free ticket out and that player get’s to decide where he wants to go. Now after clearing the waivers the team that selects Roy would get the rights to him, but the Trail Blazers would remain paying his contract.
Now even though the Trail Blazers would be paying his contract it wouldn’t show up under their teams salary cap. So overall the amnesty clause like many things in life has its ups and downs. Personally it would’ve been cool if teams could trade amnesty clauses too instead of just draft picks and players.