Cuban: Amnesty comment on Bryant was innocent

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't expect to hear from the league over his suggestion the Los Angeles Lakers could reduce their salary cap tax by dumping Kobe Bryant through the amnesty clause.

Cuban said before Dallas' game against the Lakers on Sunday that he made it clear during a radio interview Friday he was speaking hypothetically, and he was just trying to use an example to explain new restrictions in the labor agreement.

The Lakers called the remark inappropriate but didn't plan to pursue a complaint.

"Amnesty THAT," Bryant tweeted after scoring 38 points in a 103-99 victory over the Mavericks.

"I'm sure if he wants to amnesty Dirk, that's something we'll be willing to entertain," Bryant told reporters.

Cuban has cited the labor deal as a main reason for not bringing back key pieces of Dallas' 2011 championship team, most notably New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler. He said the labor contract is difficult to explain and "it's not like we're getting any help from the league."

During a radio interview a day after the trading deadline last week, Cuban told a Dallas-area station that the Lakers and other teams over the salary cap were going to face some difficult roster decisions.

The Mavericks, meanwhile, will be looking for help for Dirk Nowitzki and are a primed for a run at a free-agent class that is likely to include Lakers center Dwight Howard. He had Dallas on a short list of destinations when his future in Orlando got murky last year.

The amnesty clause allows teams to avoid a contract counting against the salary cap, although the player is still owed the money.