NBA Roundtable

Cleveland Amnesty Baron Davis

In Free Agency on December 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to waive Baron Davis through the league’s amnesty clause.

The Cavaliers announced Wednesday night that they’re releasing Davis in advance of Friday’s amnesty deadline after exploring both trade and buyout possibilities with the former All-Star.

Rougly $27 million of the nearly $30 million left on Davis’ contract is guaranteed. The Cavs would still have to pay Davis all that money if they send him away, but the amnesty clause in the new labor agreement — unlike the 2005 version — give teams salary cap relief as well as tax relief on a player released via amnesty.

“We would like to thank Baron for his contributions to the team during his time in Cleveland,” general manager Chris Grant said in a statement. “He has been an absolute professional since the day he joined the Cavs and we now wish him the best in the future.”

Brian Windhorst chimes in on twitter

By using amnesty on Baron Davis, Cavs are now about $8 million under salary cap and will be approx. $20 million under next summer.

With Marc Spears adding this note about Baron’s health

Baron Davis’ agent Todd Ramasar tells Y! Sports his client has a serious herniated disk injury and will be out 8-10 weeks minimum.

Analysis

Cleveland Cavaliers

I thought the Cavs were as well to keep Baron Davis around for this season and amnesty him next year. Use him as an off guard alongside Kyrie Irving in a two guard backcourt.

Anyway, not much of an issue either way.

Baron’s Bad Back

One of those anonymous league sources has been reported saying that Baron Davis could miss three months with his back issues. That would see him miss most of the season. Around 40-45 of the 66 games this year.

Whoever signs Baron Davis would be doing so on the believe that he could get healthy and be productive come playoff time.

Amnesty Waivers

I doubt anyone bids on Baron Davis given his poor health + recent history of under-performance.

That should leave Baron to enter into unrestricted free agency.

New York Knicks

The Knicks are the team that been mentioned the most as a possible destination for Baron Davis and rightly so.

The Knicks current point guard rotation (T.Douglas, M.Bibby)  is absolutely dreadful and ill-equipped to run Mike D’Antoni’s offense.

A playmaking point guard like Baron Davis who thrives in an uptemo offense and likes to run pick and rolls would be perfect for Mike D’Antoni. A major improvement over the Knicks current choices.

A risk well worth taking for Knicks even with Baron’s bad health.

Update: Baron Davis has officially cleared waivers. Appears to be just a matter of time before he signs with the Knicks.

Update: Chris Sheridan cites a growing number of believers who claim that Baron Davis’ injury issues are being over-stated in an effort to scare off bidders during the amnesty period + hypothesizes that Baron will return to the court within two weeks.

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