The Lakers are over the salary cap which means they will soon face both roster and salary issues heading into the future, and while Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s “amnesty Kobe” comment may have been out of line, he was merely using Kobe Bryant as an example in relation to the NBA amnesty clause.
By definition – the NBA amnesty clause is part of the collective bargaining agreement allowing teams to eliminate bad player contracts under certain conditions, just ask Gilbert Arenas and Allen Houston.
Nice to know there is a least one team and theirplayers, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 24, 2013
The Lakers are paying Kobe Bryant a whopping 30.45 million dollars for the NBA 2012-2013 season and the amnesty rule would allow the Lakers to avoid Kobe’s massive contract counting against the salary cap, even though he is still owed the money.
Next year the Lakers salary situation may get complicated only If the Lakers decide to bring Dwight Howard back and pay Kobe Bryant for another season. What would that mean for the Lakers? Would the organization be over the salary cap if they decide not to amnesty Kobe? Quite possibly, but a Kobe amnesty also means that Kobe would be waived by the Lakers. Such a scenario would more than likely never happen, not under any circumstance, but this is merely my opinion. What do you think ?