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Report: Lakers limited in amnesty market

Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:16 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 11:52 am
 
By Matt Moore 

Update: Important note from James Ham at Cowbell Kingdom, the clause for the amnesty in the leaked proposal reads as follows:
Amnesty

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.
via Cowbell Kingdom.com - A Sacramento Kings Blog.

Because a player will not have the right to refuse a bid, the Lakers would not have the ability to bid on Davis or Lewis because they are over the cap. This could have dramatically bizarre impacts on the entire process. 

Original post:

The whole point of the "competitive balance" aspect of the lockout was to try and limit some of the patterns wherein teams like the Lakers would have inherent advantages in the free agency and trade market. Regardless of whether you believe those measures were legitimate or not, that's the alleged point and a big reason why half of the games missed are absent from the schedule. But one potential ramification of the new rules is that the Lakers could wind up improving their already stacked roster,  which surprised everyone by not making the Finals last season. 

The Lakers could be aiming to bring in Baron Davis or Rashard Lewis, according to a report from the LA Times:
 
The Lakers are curious to see if veteran point guard Baron Davis gets cut by Cleveland. He has two years and $28.7 million left on his contract, though he can be signed for substantially less than that. The Lakers also want a shooter and are monitoring whether forward Rashard Lewis (two years, $43.8 million remaining) gets waived by Washington.

Because the Lakers are so far over the salary cap with a current payroll of about $90 million, their only real spending tool in free agency is the mid-level exception, which will shrink dramatically from last year's five-year, $29-million maximum for such a player.
via Lakers basketball: Lakers have new coaches, many questions for 2010-11 season - latimes.com.

The Lakers are widely expected to exercise the amnesty clause on Luke Walton, freeing up some salary space, though they'll still be in luxury tax category. With most of the  tax restrictions not expected to take effect until 2013, the Lakers should be in position to use the MLE on either player. Davis is a much better fit for need considering the Laker's strength at both power forward with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, and small forward with Metta World Peace, Odom, Matt Barnes, and occassionally Kobe Bryant able to play the spot. On the flip side, a replacement has been needed for Derek Fisher for quite some time, and Davis would be an ideal candidate with his range.

Davis also is heavily involved in Hollywood through his film production company. This kind of move would represent the exact kind of move the lockout was designed to stop. Instead, the Lakers, who have won two of the past three championships, could be geared to add a former All-Star who fits perfectly with their roster. 

The more things change, the more things could potentially stay the same.
Comments

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Report: Lakers limited in amnesty market

Meant to say all under contract to teams. Damn, CBS give us an edit button. You have one for your articles!!!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Report: Lakers limited in amnesty market

I don't think Baron Davis will do us Laker fans any good. Why not Mo Williams as our starting PG and Ramon Sessions as our backup PG? 

We need to get rid of Luke Walton and Meta World Peace. Bring in Jason Richardson and/or Michael Pietrus at the 3.

Good bye Lamar "Never show up for more than 10 games" Odom and bring in Antwan Jamison and/or Paul Milsap at the 4.

Let Shannon Brown go and bring in Leandro Barbosa and/or Vince Carter as a backup guard.
I have to ask.

How do they simultaneously trade for Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions,Jason Richardson,Michael Pietrus & Barbsoa who are all under signed to teams?

Jamison is still on the hook for 15 million for one more seasons, Cavs may use the amnesty... but from what I read most teams are going to hold onto it because it can be used for a few more years.

Millsap would have to be traded.

This isn't baseball, you can't just trade nothing for something and have an unlimited payroll. 



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Report: Lakers limited in amnesty market

I don't think Baron Davis will do us Laker fans any good. Why not Mo Williams as our starting PG and Ramon Sessions as our backup PG?

We need to get rid of Luke Walton and Meta World Peace. Bring in Jason Richardson and/or Michael Pietrus at the 3.

Good bye Lamar "Never show up for more than 10 games" Odom and bring in Antwan Jamison and/or Paul Milsap at the 4.

Let Shannon Brown go and bring in Leandro Barbosa and/or Vince Carter as a backup guard.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Report: Lakers limited in amnesty market

It's a must that the Lakers need an upgrade at the PG slot though, a 65 year old Derek Fisher isn't the answer as a starter, and neither is Steve Blake.Baron Davis would be a HUGE upgrade over them. 


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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:14 am
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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:04 am
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

You seriously think Baron Davis, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum are future HOF's?  Seriously?




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:19 am
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

As much of a Laker fan I am (and I'm probably going to be eating these words later) this article, if true, is exactly what is WRONG with the NBA.  Can you image this starting five taking the court.......Davis, Kobe, Metta World, Gasol, & Bynum, all are All Stars and most likely all future HOFs, then have D-Fish, Matt Barnes, and Odom coming off the bench.  Undefensivable.  Now throw in sharp-shooter Rashard Lewis in the mix.  If Mike Brown instills his defensive toughness with this team and the offense can gell quickly the Lakers will be very formidable.  But my point is how can a team that is already over the salary cap be able to pull of such acquisitions with the mid-level exception?  They aren't even going to be losing anybody!  I can really understand the frustration of the other owners in the NBA.  Thess guys sign these hefty contracts after their rookie contracts are over for megamillions. If they don't win a championship in the 3-4 years of that contract and are still in their prime (late 20s - early 30s) they'll leave their franchise that they just got millions from and take the MLE from a championship ready team so they can play for a ring.  What about the hundreds of millions of dollars the owner invested in a player to be the face of the franchise?  It's just like Lebron and his "decision."  The entire franchise was orchestrated to please him and after he made his money he bolted. 

There is no parity in the NBA what so ever.  Can a team like the Warriors or T-wolves have a chance against the Lakers in a series?  NOPE. I'm a Laker fan, but I'm also a basketball fan and the way they are doing things just makes it bad for the game.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:57 am
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Folks, I think Matt Moore was having a little fun with all the talk during their being swept out by Dallas that THIS was not the Laker team that won the title the year before.

That is all Jeff Van Gummy and Mark Jackson were saying during broadcast. Mike Breen (play/by/play man) would say one word about Lakers of 2010 and Van Gummy would talk over 5 baskets in the game still ranting how this Lakers team was not the same Lakers.

They went like this...
"That's not Laker defense", "Kobe has not taken over like Kobe should"
  and often
" Pau is not the same", "this Laker team is not playing as it was before", "no one except Andrew playing well"
and on and on the whole time. And that was also a hot topic (What's wrong with the Lakers) at several national websites until after the Mavericks won the next series. Van Gummy and Jackson even said it was a down year in the NBA, guess because the Celtics and Lakers were not in the conference finals. That's when Van Gummy all but crowned the Heat before the finals began.

The bold was to clue everyone in on the joke, or at least that's the way I took it. Switch up of their normal crossing out the intended humorous line or harsh point.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:05 am
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Hey, you guys must have really been napping.  It's November 28, 2012 and yes, the Lakers did miss the playoffs.  There were only 66 games.  Lakers lost Odom for the season the first game out.  They started 1-9 their first ten games.  To make matters worse, Kobe tried to really make things happen.  He scored over 50 points in 12 games.  There was a lot of hoopla about that. 

Anyway, by the "midseason" mark, LA was 10-23.  By game 37, Kobe was lost for the season, thus sealing their non playoff appearance fate. 

Jerry Buss fired the Mike Brown "midseason" and the Lakers have hired Coach K, who won over 900 games in college at Duke if you'll recall his "countdown" to taking over the number 1 spot as winningest coach in college of all time. 

Back in April, after Duke won the NCG in the Final Four, he said he was weighing his options at coaching on a team in the NBA, one that had a "high profile" player to "potentially" launch his career in and chose the Lakers. 

Hit reset and check the NBA standings.  Lakers, through this part of the season, have only 2 losses.  Coach K is doing a bang up job at the "next level", wouldn't you say?


Wouldn't that be a Merry Christmas?



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:03 am
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Washington owes rashard lewis $45 million for 2 years???? no wonder the owners are losing money with these obscene contracts.
There are only four guys in the NBA with a salary over 20 million... Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, & Kevin Garnett.. for those three it can be justified, for Lewis? No way. Blame the Magic for that terrible conctract. Wizards wanted to be rid of Arenas so bad they took on Lewis's absurd contract. I compare it to baseball when the Tigers gave Ordonez all that money when they sucked, it's to change the culture I guess. You have to over pay to get the guy to want to go to your team because your team sucks, which the Magic kind of did at the time. 


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