Lakers Have Not Decided Whether To Use Amnesty Provision
Mitch Kupchak has not decided whether to use the Los Angeles Lakers’ one-time amnesty clause.
Metta World Peace has been floated as a possibly amnesty candidate.
“It's a tool that we're aware of,” Kupchak said. “We have not decided if we will use it. It's just a tool we know is available. We feel our players have value, but there is always a financial component to this business and the new collective bargaining agreement made some significant changes that we need to be aware of.”
The Lakers will try to improve via free agency this offseason, with just the mini-mid level exception at their disposal.
“Assuming our team next year is similar to the team it was this year, and also understanding that we have several free agents, probably the best way to improve this team would be through free agency, and even that's limited,” Kupchak said. “Hopefully you can use your mini-mid, but most of the time it will fall towards the (veteran's) minimum contracts, and you want to make good selections there. But you're not going to get really good, productive young players at a minimum salary. You'll end up getting the older player who's had a good career that's looking to contend for a championship, like Antawn Jamison last season.”
The Lakers have just Steve Nash on the books for the 2014-15 season, meaning the team will likely avoid the repeater tax that penalizes franchises that exceed the tax line in three of four seasons.
“It is within our control to avoid that, yes,” Kupchak said. “It's something that we did intentionally, where we have a lot of financial flexibility for that season.”