The Los Angeles Clippers have not yet used the amnesty clause. Now that the Chris Paul trade has stacked the team at point guard, the provision should likely be used on eight-year veteran Mo Williams.
The Clippers kept second-year point guard Eric Bledsoe in the deal. Bledsoe is injured and likely out for the first month of the season, but L.A. successfully claimed Chauncey Billups off of amnesty waivers on Monday; he, with Paul, should be able to handle the point guard spot just fine, even in Bledsoe's absence.
The Clippers acquired Williams, due $17 million through 2012-13, in a trade that sent Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers. L.A. also gave up their unprotected first-round pick in the deal; that pick became Kyrie Irving. The Cavs waived Davis under the amnesty clause on Wednesday.
The Clippers wouldn't open up cap space to add additional players by waiving Williams, but should another team claim him off of waivers, L.A. could stand to pay the guard less than that owed $17 million over the next seasons. The team is paying Billups just $2 million this season. L.A. still has its "room exception" to sign another player; the exception is for $2.5 million.
The deadline to use the amnesty clause for this season is Friday.
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