BY JUSTIN LADA
In an effort to gain more cap space and pave the way for the top overall pick in their 2011 draft, the Cavaliers used their amnesty clause on point guard Baron Davis.
Davis was acquired by the Cavaliers last season in a trade that sent Mo Williams to the Los Angeles Clippers for Davis and the Clippers 2010 unprotected pick, which wound up turning into the first overall pick.
The amnesty clause, which comes from the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement has the Cavaliers paying all of Davis’ $27 million if no one decides to claim the 12 year veteran off of waivers.
Davis had left Cleveland after the first day of training camp after his back started acting up again. He was getting second opinions on the back and the Cavaliers had said he was “out indefinitely”.
It was reported hours after the Cavaliers released the 32 year old that he was expected to miss up to three months with a bulging disc.
The move to waive Davis pays him in full regardless if he gets picked up but it takes his contract off of the Cavaliers payroll, putting them at roughly $8 million under the salary cap and would put them in position to be near $20 million under the cap over the next summer.
Without Davis, the Cavaliers could potentially start the top pick of the 2010 draft, Duke point guard, Kyrie Irving from day one. Cleveland also has Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson at point guard.
It is thought that when Davis gets healthy that he may have interest in signing with the New York Knicks or his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.