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Raptors Avoid Tax Amnesty Linas Kleiza

The Toronto Raptors announced on Tuesday evening they have used the team’s amnesty provision to waive forward Linas Kleiza. He was originally signed to an offer sheet for $18.8 million over 4 years by the Raptors as a restricted free agent on July 8, 2010. The Denver Nuggets declined to match.

Kleiza only appeared in 108 games for the Raptors over three seasons as a knee injury suffered during his first preseason with the team would eventually require surgery. The big small forward would never regain the form he had shown with the Nuggets over his first four years in the NBA or the elite level of play witnessed while playing for the Lithuanian National team immediately before joining the Raptors.

“We thank Linas for his contributions as a Raptor and wish him all the best,” said Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri.

Kleiza will earn $4.6 million this season, however, the Raptors do not have to include his salary for either Luxury Tax or Salary Cap purposes. This move will put the Raptors approximately $3 million below the threshold for the NBA’s Luxuxy Tax.

3 thoughts on “Raptors Avoid Tax Amnesty Linas Kleiza

  1. raptor'noakland

    Kleiza was a huge failure, but with an expiring contract would have been better to hold onto for later in the year. Why not amnesty Fields? He’s also a huge failure. Sure he’ll improve when he is 100% but he’s marginal at best and he’ll never be worth his contract while taking up valuable cap space, a spot on the roster and is redundant at swingman. The Raptors could have had a lot more flexibility to get another quality big man or guard by waiving Fields.

      1. Stephen Brotherstonsbrotherston Post author

        Amnesty only permitted on players who the team had signed before the new CBA and have not be traded, extended or re-signed. Raptors only had 2 players left who qualified – Kleiza & Amir Johnson.

        There are now very few teams left in the NBA who haven’t already used their 1x amnesty on a player or still have players who would qualify on their roster.

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