Danny Ainge said Thursday during a press conference that the Boston Celtics will not take advantage of the league’s amnesty clause.
“”We are not amnestying anybody,” Ainge said, inventing a new word in the process.
An amnesty clause was included in the new collective bargaining agreement, designed to give teams a mulligan (of sorts) on a bad contract. The Celtics, whose money is mostly wrapped up among four All-Stars, all of whom are crucial to the team’s success, had no real candidates on which to use the clause. Jermaine O’Neal seemed like a remote possibility, but even though he made $600,000 per regular season start last season, he’s also the only center on Boston’s roster. Plus, cutting him via the amnnesty clause wouldn’t give the C’s much (if any) additional cap flexibility.
That the Celtics won’t use the amnesty clause is like a rainy day in Seattle, a Jeff Green missed box out, or a ridiculous pull-up jumper by Nate Robinson: nothing unexpected.