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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: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Contract $$

Washington owes rashard lewis $45 million for 2 years???? no wonder the owners are losing money with these obscene contracts.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

"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 playoffs last season. "


um, what the fuck are you talking about? They won 57 games and were second seed in western conference you nitwit.




Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Well EVERYONE knows that the Lakers will always be the only exception to any rules in the NBA.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

(Random whitty comment about this fool claiming the Lakers missed the playoffs last year.)

Go back to Miami and enjoy your last few games as a starting QB, Matt Moore.

-Editor's note- this Matt Moore is just some chump who doesn't follow sports, not  an NFL QB making millions of dollars 




Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

You know, the funny thing about Matt Moore's comment about the heavily stacked lineup of the Los Angeles LAKERS not making the playoffs last year is the fact that he put the word not in BOLD print. I believe this goof looked at Baron's picture while writing this drivel and was thinking of the lowly CLIPPERS....man I wouldn't want to be in your shoes right now!!



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Be nice to see Davis competing for a championship some where. Good luck to him next season!!



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Did I pull a Rip Van Winkle and fall asleep for an entire season?  Matt Moore just told me that the Lakers missed the playoffs last year.  I could have sworn I saw them getting swept out by the Dallas Mavericks after being pushed to six games by the New Orleans Hornets.  Wow!  I guess I was really tired and that short nap I took turned out to be a lot longer than I had planned for.

The next thing that's gonna happen is somebody is going to tell me that Jaromir Jagr is back playing hockey in the NHL again!



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

Nice reporting



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

I have read this article at least 10 times, thinking I may have missed something, or that my comprehension level on reading is starting to decline. Dude said the Lakers missed the playoffs, now I could have sworn that got booted in the second round. Hmmm, and this is CBSSports.com writers?



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Report: Lakers to scavenge amnesty market

    Can pretty much anyone write for these crackheads? I mean really don't these guys fact check the grabage they put out there just a little bit? Shouldn't there be an editor going "Are you a complete ass?" before he hits the enter button. 


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