The steep price of amnesty

Some interesting numbers get sent around the office this time of year.

Three in particular that made the e-mail rounds Tuesday night had to be shared immediately.

$136,395,446: That’s how much guaranteed money was designated for amnesty in 2012 through the releases of Chris Andersen (Denver), Andray Blatche (Washington), Elton Brand (Philadelphia), Josh Childress (Phoenix), Ryan Gomes (L.A. Clippers), Brendan Haywood (Dallas), Darko Milicic (Minnesota) and Luis Scola (Houston).

$206,138,893: That’s how much guaranteed money was slated for amnesty in 2011 through the releases of Gilbert Arenas (Orlando), Charlie Bell (Golden State), Chauncey Billiups (New York), Baron Davis (Cleveland), Travis Outlaw (Brooklyn), James Posey (Indiana) and Brandon Roy (Portland).

And, finally, 41: That’s how many players, in the entire league, are eligible for the amnesty provision during the life of the current CBA.

That’s it.

Don’t forget that teams can only use their one-time amnesty clause on players who were on the roster when the lockout ended last December AND who remain on the same contract in effect at the start of the 2011-12 season. Fifteen teams have used their amnesty clause thus far, leaving 15 teams with 41 players whose contracts are still valid entering the 2013-14 season.

There will be another weeklong window in July 2013 for those 15 teams to weigh using their amnesty escape hatch.


ATLANTA – Al Horford

BOSTON – Avery Bradley*, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

CHARLOTTE – Tyrus Thomas

CHICAGO – Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah

DETROIT – Greg Monroe*, Charlie Villanueva

LA LAKERS – Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace

MEMPHIS – Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph

MIAMI – Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Mike Miller, Dwyane Wade

MILWAUKEE – Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders*

NEW ORLEANS -- No players eligible for amnesty

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cole Aldrich*, Nick Collison, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha

SACRAMENTO – DeMarcus Cousins*, Francisco Garcia (team option), John Salmons

SAN ANTONIO – Matt Bonner, Tony Parker

TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani, Ed Davis*, Amir Johnson, Linas Kleiza

UTAH – Derrick Favors*, Gordon Hayward*

* -- If rookie-scale option is picked up