The NBA’s new amnesty clause is often painted as a victory for owners, a chance to cut an undesirable salary. For teams in the luxury tax, that’s true.
But for non-tax teams, it’s a victory for the players. An amnestied player is still guaranteed his salary, and if he clears amnesty waivers, he can earn even more. So, from a strictly financial standpoint, a player actually has short-term incentive to be amnestied.
Villanueva isn’t just paying lip service when he says he loves the Detroit area for "its friendly people" — he considers it home now — and it keeps him close to his son in Toronto.
Just interesting to know what motivates Villanueva, who probably must improve his production to avoid getting amnestied.
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