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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  19 responses

Toronto Raptors to Amnesty Linas Kleiza


Forward Linas Kleiza will be cut loose by the Toronto Raptors via the amnesty clause, reports Yahoo! Sports. A knee injury held the 28-year-old Kleiza to just 20 games last season, averaging 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds: “Kleiza had previously exercised a player option in his Raptors contract to make $4.6 million next season. The Raptors, however, decided Monday to use the amnesty clause on Kleiza, a source said. The move will save Toronto from a luxury-tax hit, although the franchise still has to pay Kleiza’s salary. If no team under the salary cap makes a waiver bid for Kleiza, he will become an unrestricted free agent. Kleiza played for Olympiakos of the Greek League during the 2009-10 season, and a source said his preference is to return to play overseas again.”

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  • Caboose

    Somehow I doubt there’s gonna be an intense bidding war for his services…

  • Max

    Didn’t know he was still in the L.

  • spit hot fiyah

    there will be….in europe

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    It’s crazy how a team with average talent and a bunch of contributors still in their rookie contracts is still tip-toeing the luxury tax line.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    He was good in spurts… but ultimately injuries prevented him from even getting that.

  • MUBWAR

    come on hook, we’re paying 11mil a year to Derozan, 17mil to gay(too much for someone who never made the all star team) 7mil to Amir, 6.5 mil to Landry Fields(smh) & 6mil to Lowry. Just those 5 players mediocre to average players are taking a combine 48 million next season.

  • BugEyes

    I remember he was a big part in his nationals team success he lit the US up a couple times, I think his game big strong guy, with decent moves and a nice shot I think he should go to san Antonio like other decent euro players and bud lol

  • Dagger

    Well, the really unforgivable contracts were those of Bargnani, Fields and Kleiza. The contracts of Amir and Lowry are reasonable, and they could be steals if Lowry can regain the form he had early last year.

    Of course, Gay’s contract is currently about $5 million too high, and although his statistical rise in recent seasons is more a function of usage than genuine improvement, Derozan is being paid for his potential. Still, this summer Derozan has been working relentlessly on his three pointer, and at the end of last year there were real signs that he and Gay could play well together.

    So we’ll see. But the bottom line is that the team had, and has, too many bloated contracts awarded on the basis of potential. I would blow the whole thing up and rebuild around Valanciunas, but there’s hope for the future even if Uriji doesn’t do that.

  • LLC#12

    Decent player, but at this point, no team in the L is going to pay anywhere near what he could earn in Europe.

  • aндрій базилевич

    give rudy gay a paycut after the next 2 years around 11 mil a year… and keep lowry for as much as 9 mil a year, cut landry fields 6 mil and kleizas 4 mil this year and you have a squad with cap room for the long haul

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That’s what I’m saying. It’s CRAZY how the Raps have consistently overpaid average talent which has lead to flirting with the luxury tax while simultaneously missing the playoffs for 5 straight years.

  • MUBWAR

    dude im depressed, you’re depressed, dagger too and every toronto fan as well

  • Dagger

    So your solution is to:

    A) Give Gay a pay cut after 2 years (assuming he opts in). He’ll be an unrestricted agent; do you think he’ll come back to TO for $11 million/year when some other GM will probably offer more?
    B) Actually increase Lowry’s salary so that it’s completely unreasonable.
    C) Cut Fields . . . even though he can’t be amnestied under the new CBA. And what team would trade for him? Let’s just assume that part of your plan is impossible.
    D) Keep Kleiza for $4 million/year, even though he’s worth nowhere near that and is about to be amnestied.

    In short: you would save the team $5 million/year, but only after two years. Before then you’d actually increase the team’s salary by $1 million/year. Nice one.

  • aндрій базилевич

    to add to what i was saying we would save 10 mil . on top of buying out camby and richardson and with no percentage increase on rudy gays new contract and a slight increase for lowrys salary does sound reasonable if youre taking in the roster full circle . they will be 10 mil under the cap .

  • aндрій базилевич

    i heard nbas salary cap will increase over the next 4 years , so the hit will be around 60 mil and the raptors will be in the 50 mil zone

  • RKJ92

    I’m actually happy Lowry hasn’t been playing to potential because of playing, and sitting out injured, it gives us a chance to extend him at the same price without him asking for more money and he may have a chance to still blossom.

  • RKJ92

    Me too :( we just need contract fixing that’s all.. we have a good gm now finally.. lets just pray!

  • MUBWAR

    when bosh last led us to the playoff against dwight in 08 seems like an eternity ago. masai better make it happen next year or ima lose it

  • RKJ92

    It will take at least 2 years with the contract situations, we deff won’t be making too much noise this year, once 2015 hits we will be legitimate, no worries :)

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