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NBA Rumors 2011: Denver Nuggets May Use Amnesty Clause On Al Harrington

The Denver Nuggets have yet to make any big splashes in NBA free agency or the trade markets, but if they need to clear some cap space they may target power forward Al Harrington for an amnesty clause cut, according to the Denver Post. Harrington is due to make roughly $6 million in salary this season and isn't a particularly important piece to the long-term plans of the franchise either. Here is what Harrington had to say about the prospect of being cut:

"My thing is, at the end of day, it's a business," Harrington said. "The lockout taught us that once again. I understand that if Nene doesn't sign back, and it's an extremely young team, it might be time for me to go. Or it may not. The feeling I get is that I'm going to be here and they look for me to be a leader to the young guys."

via the Denver Post. If released through the amnesty provision, Harrington's salary will remain guaranteed money, but will also come off the Nuggets' salary cap. Then teams under the salary cap will be allowed to bid for Harrington in an auction-style process, and the winning team will be awarded Harrington's services. The value of the bid will offset that amount from what the Nuggets still owe Harrington under his current deal.

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