Jay, I agree that no one really wants to dump Croshere. However, in doing so, I think they can easily sell to everyone, even Croshere himself, that better opportunities for minutes exist elsewhere.
Unless we have another season from hell, Croshere just won’t be seeing many minutes this season. With a healthy Granger, Harrison and Foster, Croshere probably won’t see 10 minutes a game. And, if Bender is healthy and retained, Croshere will watch while the Pacers use whatever minutes are left over to evaluate Bender.
The Pacers will NOT cut Reggie, not just because of the PR nightmare, but also because it really doesn’t gain them anything. All that will do is to postpone their luxury cap threshold problem until the following season. And then we will still be looking for some kind of a trade to dump Croshere and/or Bender to reduce our total salary. We can either take a step to resolve our problem now, or try to find some ingenious way to resolve it in another year, when the amnesty provision will most likely not be available to us.
Foretaz, I think you are over-thinking the whole amnesty process. First of all, the idea that drove the process was a one-time benefit to teams to get their fannies back under the luxury tax threshold.
Teams are going to waive a high-dollar player, not a $2M man. No other GM in this league in his right mind is going to claim an $8M bench player off of waivers and have to pay out his full salary. That sort of makes the process of clearing waivers a “moot point”, does it not?
And since I doubt that the league is going to institute some kind of dispersal draft for these players, it seems almost certain that they are free and clear to negotiate with other teams. The league said that the amnesty waiver would be a win-win situation for all concerned, so they are not going to establish some kind of a pecking order in teams’ rights to re-sign these players… and they are not going to restrict what these players can earn on their new contracts because that would be treating them differently, and worse I might add, than “normal” free agents.