Figuring out whether to use the amnesty clause now is the biggest issue facing the Cavaliers. There are two high-priced veteran players in question: forward Antawn Jamison and guard Baron Davis.
Many experts around the league think the Cavs will whack Davis now. He has two years left on his contract, worth $28 million.
But he'll likely be kept on the roster for a couple of reasons: One, he's one of their best guards and is the incumbent starter at point guard. Two, even if the Cavs cut him now, he'd still have to be paid. The benefit to cutting him with the amnesty clause is that his contract wouldn't count against the salary cap.
The Cavs are not expected to make a big splash in free agency. They could have major cap space in the summer of 2012, in addition to another high lottery pick in one of the deepest drafts in years.
That's why they'll likely keep Davis this season and use the amnesty clause on him next summer when Jamison's $15 million deal expires.
Davis is expected to start next to first-round pick Kyrie Irving in the Cavs' backcourt.
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