Mark Cuban Questions Whether Lakers Should Amnesty Kobe
Under the new CBA, all NBA franchises were granted the right to an amnesty clause, meaning that they could cut ties with a player that they had previously signed without suffering the salary cap consequences. The team will still have to pay the player, but it gives them the financial flexibility to potentially replace him while still obeying the salary cap.
Several players have been amnestied, including the likes of Gilbert Arenas and Rashard Lewis. Basically, this is a “get out of jail free” card for general managers who vastly overpay average players.
With Kobe Bryant’s salary cracking an unbelievable $30 million next season, Mark Cuban raised the question that many Lakers fans would never consider; should they amnesty Kobe? Via ESPN:
Those two passions intersected when Cuban made a suggestion Friday morning that a purple-and-gold fan base might consider blasphemous.
“If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Ben and Skin Show.”
It’s hard to see this ever happening, but when you look at his salary, it’s not really a totally ridiculous question.
Plus, you have to believe that Mark Cuban is just trying to stir the pot a little bit. Which, he very well might accomplish.