Amnesty Clause That Includes Cap Relief Reportedly Discussed In NBA Lockout Talks

As owners determine what exactly they are willing to agree to in a deal to end the NBA lockout, The Oregonian's John Canzano reports that the league has apparently reached a consensus on approving an amnesty clause that will allow teams to remove one player from their books completely. Canzano said that, like the 2005 amnesty program falsely dubbed the Allan Houston rule, players would still get what was owed to them, but would be waived and the luxury tax payments the team owed would be reduced by that players' salary.

But unlike the Houston rule, Canzano said the current proposal under discussion would wipe the waived players' salary off of the team's salary cap sheet. For the Portland Trail Blazers, that would mean waiving a player like Brandon Roy would give the team a chunk of cap space for this offseason.

This would obviously help the implementation of a hard team salary cap, should the league continue to press for that restructuring of the cap. The players' union continues to claim they will not approve a collective bargaining agreement that includes a hard cap.

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