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Old 11-30-2011, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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According to ESPNís Brian Windhorst, it is expected that the NBA will grant an extension on existing traded player exceptions that had a week or so remaining when the lockout started.

That means Cleveland should have a $14.5 million U.S. chip to play with from the LeBron James sign-and-trade and the Raptors still have about $9 million left on their own Chris Bosh trade exception.

Bryan Colangelo has only ever given indications that the team wonít be using the rest of the TPE, but if they do, here are some players teams might be looking to dump in order to improve their cap situations.

Sure they can amnesty players, but this lets them get rid of them without paying the rest of the contract.

The Raptors have five roster spots to fill and only $7 million in cap space (plus an extra $2.9 million when the season starts and Jonas Valanciunas remains in Lithuania) so spending the entire exception is extremely unlikely. But they could grab a player making, say $3.5 million with part of it and still have $3.5 million of the mid-level exception (which is $5 million total to spend).
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