Posted July 16, 2013

Report: Raptors to amnesty Linas Kleiza

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The Toronto Raptors reportedly plan to amnesty oft-injured forward Linas Kleiza. (Ron Turenne/NBA/Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors reportedly plan to amnesty oft-injured forward Linas Kleiza. (Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors plan to use the amnesty clause on veteran forward Linas Kleiza on Tuesday, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Kleiza exercised a player option in his Raptors contract to make $4.6 million next season.

The report says the Raptors decided Monday to amnesty Kleiza to save the team from a luxury-tax hit. The team still has to pay Kleiza’s salary for next season even though it won’t count against the team’s salary cap.

Kleiza becomes an unrestricted free agent if no team picks him up on the waiver wire.

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Kleiza averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20 games last season while being slowed by a knee injury and hasn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 28, 2012.


1 comments
RealJDSportsFan
RealJDSportsFan

Yet another casualty of the new rules of the NBA, although not sure if I call this a casualty since he will still get paid and if he finds another team will be paid by them as well. Here's an article on why teams will no longer be willing to take a luxury tax hit due to the new rules: http://wp.me/p2wecE-a2