On the first day of NBA training camps throughout the Association, three veteran players were given their walking papers by their respective clubs and now have to decide whether to retire or find themselves a new home. We will start out in the Motor City, as the “Detroit Free Press” has reported that the Detroit Pistons have decided to buy out the final year of shooting guard Rip Hamilton’s contract. The paper reported that the team did not use the “NBA Amnesty Clause” to buy out the veteran who helped bring an NBA Title to Detroit in 2004.
The Orlando Magic announced on the team’s website that they were choosing guard Gilbert Arenas to be their amnesty player. They acquired the veteran from the Washington Wizards last December in exchange for forward Rashard Lewis. Arenas was suspended for the balance of the campaign in January of 2010 by the NBA after bringing a gun into the Wizards locker room.
Another former member of the Magic was waived by the Phoenix Suns according to the “Arizona Republic” as the club said goodbye to shooting guard Vince Carter. Although the veteran had a contract that was worth $18 million for the upcoming season; only $4 million was guaranteed. That will be all that the Suns will be responsible for paying Carter.