4. Travis Outlaw – If there was ever a team that wanted a do-over for a bizarre decision, it would be the Nets for their choice to give Travis Outlaw a five-year, $35 million free agent deal before the start of last season. With $24 million left on Outlaw’s deal and the Nets’ desire to open up in Brooklyn with Deron Williams and Dwight Howard on their roster, Outlaw’s a goner.
3. Gilbert Arenas – Gil’s situation in regards to the Amnesty Clause and the $62+ million still owed to him is a complicated one. We’ll let ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford explain:
Amnesty 2011 gives Magic GM Otis Smith an opportunity to undo a gamble on his good buddy Gil that backfired spectacularly and take at least some of the considerable tension out of the air after the toxic end to last season in that first-round exit to Atlanta … at a time when the weight of Dwight Howard’s 2012 free agency happens to hang over all of Central Florida. The Magic, remember, have a deep-pocketed financier in Rich DeVos that would be on the short list of NBA owners who could withstand the huge financial hit required to send Arenas away. So it’s going to happen. It’s just of matter of when.
2. Brandon Roy – We broke down the Roy/Portland Trail Blazers situation here. For lots of reasons, B-Roy will be on the market.
1. Rashard Lewis – Ahh, Rashard. Let’s be honest, the Amnesty Clause should really be known as the “Rashard Lewis Clause” – ‘Shard is the poster child for knucklehead contracts being handed out by overzealous owners. As part of the ridiculous $113 million contract the Magic signed him to years ago, the Wizards are on the hook to pay Lewis more than $22 million this season and more than $40 million total. Losing that contract gives the Wizards lots and lots of money to re-tune a large part of their roster to (in theory) build around John Wall.
Honorable Mention: Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Beno Udrih, Richard Jefferson, Josh Childress, Al Harrington
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