Even though it has yet to be approved, speculation has already started on the subject of which players teams from the Association will use their “Amnesty Clause” on in order to get salary cap relief. Reports last week from the “New York Times” stated that once a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified each NBA franchise will receive the clause, which will allow them release one player without that contract being applied to the salary cap. The player would still have to be paid in full for the amount remaining on their contract, but teams would have some added flexibility in regards to dealing with the salary cap.
Many NBA observers have theorized that Milwaukee Bucks point guard Beno Udrih could be a candidate for being released, however according to the “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” the Bucks have no intention of leaning in that direction. The club acquired the veteran guard in a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats the day of the 2011 NBA Draft. The paper’s sources state that Milwaukee is looking at the former Kings starter as a valuable asset, who will back up starter Brandon Jennings at the point. Jennings missed 19-straight contests after breaking a bone in his left foot last December.
The paper reported that another player whose name has been bandied about, Drew Gooden was also not in danger of being released. Udrih has played seven years in the Association while the 30-year-old Gooden has logged nine seasons in the NBA.