Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/12/13
Nothing is sports is black and white. We try to make it that way, of course, to say certain decisions are indisputably right and others unequivocally wrong. Thats just how this works. Compartmentalization is king. But still, its hard to know what ligaments will snap and which bones will wear weaker than they should, which temperaments will suit a team and which will set it off. Its impossible to monetize human production in a field thats so dependent on something as fragile as the human body or to assess a teams needs several years in the future. There are good decisions and bad ones, at least in retrospect, but its hard to label things right and wrong in the moment. Which brings us to the NBAs semi-solution to all this, a solution that was introduced in 2005 and expanded in 2011: The amnesty clause. In 2005, with the beginning of a new collective bargaining agreement, teams were allowed to amnesty one player that summer, and only that summer. In doing so, a team would wipe a pl...
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