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Wizards Won't Use Amnesty Clause On Rashard Lewis, Agent Says

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Rashard Lewis has long been mentioned as a player that will be a casualty of the amnesty clause once the new NBA collective bargaining agreement is complete. The Washington Wizards' agent, however, has been assured that that won't be the case for the high-paid forward.

The amnesty clause allows teams to waive one player of their choosing and removing his salary completely from the salary cap, allowing the team to avoid any luxury tax penalties as they look to sign a more affordable player. The Wizards are far enough under the cap, however, that it doesn't make sense to waive a still-talented Lewis at this time.

"I spoke to Wizards management and at this time there is (no) indication they will amnesty Rashard," Bryant told USA TODAY via email. "They have assured us that they will not use the Amnesty on him and that he is going to be a big part of their plans now and in the future."

Lewis is scheduled to make over $21 million during the 2011-12 season and is guaranteed $10 million of the $22,699,551 he's scheduled to be paid in the final year of his contract next season, according to the salary database at ShamSports.