These were posted on Kevin Ding's Twitter. Pretty interesting, but at the end of the day we never know what the Lakers will do.
Here is the Lakers' plan if Dwight leaves: Keep Pau for final year of his deal. Use amnesty provision to cut Metta and save $30 million in luxury-tax payments. Re-sign Earl Clark if reasonable, sign someone else on the cheap and/or plug in Meeks or Blake to the starting lineup that will have two vacancies without Dwight and Metta but still Pau. Jordan Hill is the only other frontcourt player under contract right now.
The Lakers' plan if Dwight stays? Much different. Pau is all but a goner, most likely via amnesty provision to save more than $60 million in luxury-tax payments. The oft-traveled path of trying to trade Pau remains in play if Dwight stays -- though a scenario that brings back some talent and doesn't cause payroll risks for the future is so far unknown.
Metta, not Pau, gets to stay for the final season on his Lakers' contract. Earl Clark remains a candidate to return because Pau's power-forward spot would be open (though Metta playing more PF makes sense to me).
if the lakers drop gasol or metta.. kobe will ask for a trade
he'l go off on laker management for caring more about saving a few bucks than winning titles.. he'l get out clean and easy cause the lakers will have used their 1 time amnesty already ... so they cant use it on kobe and he'l have all the leverage again
Pretty sure that amnesty doesn't take a player off your luxury tax bill.
Yes it does, that's why it's there. When they changed the tax system in the new CBA they gave each team the onetime use amnesty provision. It takes the players contract off your books as far as the cap goes. Team still has to pay the player his money but it's off the books