Tough-luck owners, dumb owners. Sadly, amnesty penalizes teams that have chosen wisely, invested well and don’t need to be bailed out (see Thunder
). Immediate executors of the amnesty clause figure to include Portland (Brandon Roy), Orlando (Gilbert Arenas), Cleveland (Davis), Detroit (Richard Hamilton), New Jersey (Travis Outlaw) and Charlotte (DeSagana Diop). Washington is so out of whack, the Wizards might choose to keep Rashard Lewis just to reach the increased league minimum
. The benefits of amnesty are greater now than in 2005 because 100 percent of the player’s salary is removed for both cap and tax purposes. Also, rather than having to use amnesty this season, teams can save it for later use throughout the length of this new CBA. Teams like the Thunder will have an amnesty hole card, but likely will never reap the same financial break of tough-luck owners and dumb owners.