The new CBA’s Amnesty provision is a blessing for general managers, ironic torture for owners, an escape route for players, and really, really fun for anyone who enjoys speculating the future plans of millionaire professional athletes. It’s viewed as a get out of jail free card by most, but not every franchise is crippled by a terrible contract, so there’s no chance of a situation presenting itself where all 30 teams choose to exercise their right to axe an overpaid player on December 9th. But there’s also, reportedly, no expiration date, presenting a very interesting situation for those teams who don’t have the time right now to fill their cap space up with crummy replacements just to reach the higher minimum salary floor. In doing so, teams would be clawing themselves out of quicksand by kicking their legs and flailing their arms instead of using the new provision for what it was meant to be, an overhanging tree branch. Read More
Reader Favian Pua writes:
In those 42 games, the Rockets played 30 away from the confines of the Toyota Center, going 12-18 (.400). So when the team’s 18-23 (.439) road record from the previous season is factored into the equation, the Rockets seem to be at par. However, the true litmus test is the team’s record on the second night of back-to-backs. The Rockets only went 7-14 (.333), a legitimate concern that is overlooked.
Houston relies heavily on scoring, posting 106.7 points per game, the second highest clip given 0 days rest only behind the Knicks. Take into the consideration their seventh-fastest pace and this is a team that tries to outscore their opponents to win. Much easier said than done when on the road, as the defense has to play a bigger role. I’m looking at you, Luis Scola.
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With so much speculation league-wide we won’t have the capacity to write about everything. With that said, you are more than welcome to open discussion amongst yourselves in the forums. Where will Brandon Roy land after the Blazers inevitably ‘amnesty’ him? Can the Rockets land Nene? Perhaps most interestingly, who wins the CP3 sweepstakes?
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