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Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:56 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 9:10 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverbaron-davis-peace

The man who became the butt of hundreds of "he looks homeless" jokes is now officially without an NBA home, at least for the next few days.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have elected to waive uber-hipster point guard Baron Davis using their amnesty clause. The decision does not come as a surprise but there was plenty of speculation as to whether Davis would stay or go, given the lack of talent on Cleveland's roster and the fact that this is sure to be a rebuilding year. The paper reports he experienced back pain associated with a "bulging disc" and is "expected to miss at least several weeks."

Davis was on the books for $13.9 million for 2011-2012 and had a player option worth $14.8 million for 2012-2013. The Cavaliers get to remove both of those numbers from their books, meaning they are positioned to be a fairly major player in free agency during the summer of 2012. 

In the meantime, the 2011 NBA Draft's No. 1 overall draft pick Kyrie Irving should take on a major role. Irving is a polished all-around point guard who is mature beyond his years, and the Cavaliers have Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions to make sure his transition to the pro game is a smooth one.

Newsday reports that Davis might be headed to the Big Apple, as the veteran point guard and the New York Knicks share "mutual interest." For that to happen, Davis must go unclaimed during the blind amnesty bidding auction that is restricted only to teams that are currently under the salary cap. If he makes it through that process without being claimed, he would be an unrestricted free agent and could sign wtih any team. The Knicks, having given up on their pursuit of New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul to sign center Tyson Chandler, are in desperate need of talented backcourt bodies. 

Davis, 32, was traded to the Cavaliers along with the draft pick used to select Irving by the Los Angeles Clippers last season in a deal that sent point guard Mo Williams to L.A. In 58 games for the Clippers and Cavaliers during 2010-2011, Davis averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 assists per game.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:09 pm

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Davis can't help the

He's out 8 weeks and will be back at the end of Feb.

Who's the idiot?

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:16 pm

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

As I was saying yesterday, since the CP3 deal was robbed from them, the Lakers needed even an old veteran to help Kobe out.  I thought Billups would have been perfect. He's no longer available. So get Davis instead. He might not be young, but,  he knows how to score. That would help free Kobe up to relax a little. Davis can shoot, dribble, drive, and score. Fischer used to be able to do these things. He no longer can. Davis is still a productive player. He does not have to play at an ALL-STAR level on the Lakers. Just be competitive and score often enough to make defenders think twice about double & triple teaming Kobe. If the  Lakers do not obtain a decent point guard for this new offense, Kobe just might retire by mid-season. His heart & competitive will cannot stomach a disatrous season. Stern must not have thought about that. What an idiot.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:02 pm

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Cleveland will not be an attractive landing spot for free agents, you know, when the owner is the national spokesperson for Playtex Deodorant Tampons.

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:53 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:07 am

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Hats off to Baron Davis, although he didnt play many games for my Cavs he always was upbeat and in a positive manner (on a horrible team). I wish the best for an aging hurting player that was great for our city, community, and the fans. Baron was a great influence on the young guys and will be missed, I hope the rest of the team takes a page from his book and keeps their heads up, plays hard, and speaks positively. Go Cavs and good luck Baron.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:49 am

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Good move. If he played a game in a Cav uniform this year and they used amnesty his salary wouldn't come off the books until 2013.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:05 am

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Keeping Baron Davis to win a few extra games is not a good idea at all.  Cleveland fans understand this team is young and pretty bad and the only way the Cavs get stud players is high in the draft.  Davis will be out for about 2 months so him sitting on the bench in street clothes wouldn't help.  If the Cavs have to spend some cap space they could always try to bring in some shooters or a young guard that can score.  As for the 12-13 guys on the roster anyone can take a look at this roster and easily get rid of 2-3 players and replace them with actual NBA talent.  The fact is Baron is hurt and getting paid way too much and the Cavs are doing him a favor by letting him jump on with a contender.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:55 am

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

Well...they could've kept BD until next year and hope this year he would help them win some gms and kept people in the stands and they could've amnestied him then, now they have to make sure they spend 85% of their cap space due to the new CBA rules, who are they going to pick up? They're at 41.5M, they need to be at 85% of 58M which is 49M...Now are they going to pick up someone for 1 year and pay 8M or they're going to divide that amount into multiple players?  They already have 12-13 guys on the roster...Best move I'm not sure but then again..Cleveland did what they had to do...Lebron did what he had to do!

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:48 am

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

This was the only move the Cavaliers could make.  With Baron Davis having back problems and Kyrie Irving getting drafted #1 the Cavs had to let the kid start and take the bulk of the minutes at point guard.  Byron Scott will be Kyrie's mentor and help mold him into a great point guard.  Now the Cavs need to try and bring in a young shooting guard and hope to get lucky in the draft lottery again and bring in a scorer like Harrison Barnes.  At least with the new young draft picks the Cavs could be somewhat exciting to watch this season and hopefully after next years draft Cleveland has a strong core of young players going forward.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:46 am

Cavaliers use amnesty clause to waive Baron Davis

WOW, another casualty of war!  Cleveland is doing what's best for them, just like the lakers did with Odom, just like the knicks did with Billups, I guess the players should be able to control their destiny during free agency and do what's best for themselves.........................


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