Report: Cavaliers Amnesty Baron Davis

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Cleveland Cavaliers Using Amnesty Clause On Baron Davis No Sure Thing

The Cleveland Cavaliers have an amnesty clause to use thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement with Baron Davis being the mostly likely option to have his salary cleared from the books. Earlier Thursday it was even reported that the Cavaliers had decided on that option, but the latest reports indicate that Davis could remain on the roster.

The Cavs have not made a decision on whether to use the amnesty clause on Baron Davis, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The report goes directly against what Yahoo! Sports counterpart Marc Spears reported earlier in the day, but considering Windhorst was previously a beat writer for the Cavs, it makes sense that he would still have sources in the city.

The Cavs could also use the amnesty clause on Antawn Jamison as he's owed $15 million this season -- just over one million more than Davis -- but considering Davis has an extra season on his contract and the Cavs have three point guards on the roster without him, it would seem he would be the wiser cut from the books.

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Baron Davis Era With Cleveland Cavaliers To End With Amnesty Clause

The Cleveland Cavaliers likely didn't have Baron Davis in their future plans when they selected fellow point guard Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. The Cavs are likely to make that official when the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified this week, too, by way of the new amnesty clause.

Davis is over roughly $28 million for the next two years, but the Cavs are reportedly planning on removing his contract from the books by way of the new clause in the collective bargaining agreement, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Davis will still receive the remaining amount of money left on his deal, but his contract will not count against the team's salary cap.

With Davis soon leaving the picture, Irving will join a backcourt that includes incumbents Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions. If that's the way the regular season begins, it's likely Irving will begin his professional career as the starting point guard.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Aaron Afflalo To Cleveland?

Grantland.com's Bill Simmons continued his solid breakdown of the upcoming NBA free agency period with an article yesterday breaking down the possible destinations of the top available shooting guards. One of the top two-guards on the market is Arron Afflalo, whose defensive prowess and scoring ability make him a very desirable player on the current market. Simmons feels that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a possible suitor, especially if they use their amnesty clause on Baron Davis to free up even more salary cap space:

As soon as Cleveland dumps Baron, it can offer Afflalo a four-year deal for a little more than $38 million. I would do this yesterday. Unfortunately for the Cavs, he can do better … which means they're headed for Nick Young (maybe four years, $32 million)?

Ultimately, Simmons feels Afflalo could be a target of divisional rival Indiana, who has the cap space and the need for him.

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