According to John Canzano of the Oregonian, there's consensus about including an Amnesty Clause in the new CBA even more powerful than the 'Allan Houston Rule' in 1999. It would allow teams to waive a player (they'd still have to pay him), save any luxury tax AND keep the cap savings. Amnesty in 1999 did NOT include cap relief. Two Clipper-centric points regarding this possibility: 1) Not to pick at a scab, but how much worse is it to lose the draft pick that became Kyrie Irving, when the team could simply have waived Baron Davis under the new CBA? If the choice was lottery pick or cap space, how do you like lottery pick AND MORE cap space? I never agreed with the Monday morning quarterbacking that rushed forth after the lottery, but the trade was always dubious - not least for this very reason. With so little clarity into what a new CBA might entail, making what looked like a desperation deal was, shall we say, ill-advised. 2) If indeed there is to be an Amnesty Clause as described here, there could be a dozen or more new free agents on the market when this whole thing gets resolved. It's difficult to predict who those names might be without knowing what the CBA looks like - if it includes a hard cap, you could see some real surprises on the list. At any rate, this has the potential to change the landscape in the Clippers search for a small forward. Brandon Roy, anyone?