NBA somehow negotiated an amnesty clause with the union in the last CBA, meaning that- apparently once in the life of the CBA, a team could gain cap relief from a big contract when the player has a major injury and loses value. Allan Houston was the trigger. One of the points of the coming lockout is to extend this concept, though the league would surely like to kill guaranteed contracts. You think the players want to give that up, you're kidding yourselves.
Some of the other concepts brought forth here are laughable... but no need to point fingers.
The league walks a fine line here. There are franchises that, no matter what announced attendance is, are getting kicked in the shorts with a lack of fans. On the other hand, if you put the iron squeeze on salaries, the NFL gets the next Derrick Rose.
PS- this means there won't be 1-for-1 D-League affiliations anytime soon, meaning the cities hosting teams want to put out a winner and fill seats and they have leverage.
Mean Spirited Blogger #107