Applying the Allan Houston Rule to the NBA Pacific Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Pacific Division.

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Phoenix Suns’ Future Hinges on Steve Nash

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Phoenix Suns do not have the talent to compete in the Western Conference but are not ready to re-build either.  Steve Nash enters the final year of his contract and his future with the team will dictate which direction the franchise will head.

By: David Kay

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Without Amare, Is the Sun Setting in Phoenix?

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The opening tip of the NBA season is now two days away.  The Sports Bank‘s NBA season previews makes a stop in the desert where the Phoenix Suns are almost certainly going to take a step back now that Amare Stoudemire is playing for the Knicks.

By: David Kay

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