Will the Raptors be handed a significant tool in their rebuilding in the new CBA? The Oregonian’s John Canzano has two sources telling him yes, in the form of another Amnesty Clause similar to the one from 2005.This new version of the amnesty clause, if it is indeed put into the new CBA when it is finally negotiated, offers one key difference than the 2005 version: salary cap relief. In 2005, team’s still had to deal with the cap implications of whatever player they chose to waive, but in 2011 they owners are pushing hard to get the cap relief along with the tax relief, which could mean a big leg-up for a team like Toronto.
Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors saw a more restrictive CBA coming, and they tuned their salary structure accordingly. They paid out just under $70-million last season, whereas they are slated to owe only $47-million next season as currently constructed. Now, clearly that figure will increase once free agency is allowed to begin, but that figure could also be significantly lower if the Raptors are allowed to waive a player without cap or tax obligations remaining behind to haunt them. That makes their current, and possibly their future, free agent buying powers remarkably more potent, and depending on whom they waive - if anyone - it could appreciably reshape the team’s immediate fortunes.
So who might they consider waiving? Here is a list of candidates for them (and you) to consider, in order of their 2011-2012 salary.Jose Calderon
Owed $9.8-million in 2011-2012, $20.3-million over the next two yearsLeandro Barbosa
Owed $7.6-million in 2011-2012, the final year of his contractAmir Johnson
Owed $5.5-million in 2011-2012, $18-million guaranteed over the next three years, $7-million unguaranteed in 2014-2015The option they do not discuss is Andrea Bargnani who is owed $42M over the next 4 seasons (2011-12 included).Linas Kleiza
Owed $4.6-million in 2011-2012, $13.8-million over the next three years
Everyone else are on rookie deals (DD, ED, JJ, Solo, Bayless).
Who would you cut, if anyone?