Dec 5, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza (11) on the bench before the game Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors Plan to Amnesty Linas Kleiza


In an effort to save some money, the Toronto Raptors are reportedly preparing to part ways with forward Linas Kleiza by using the amnesty clause. The report surfaced on Tuesday morning. There is a belief that Kleiza, who was slowed down by knee injuries last season, would like to place back overseas where he spent the 2009-10 season.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Toronto Raptors plan to amnesty forward Linas Kleiza on Tuesday, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Kleiza had previously exercised a player option in his Raptors contract to make $4.6 million next season. The Raptors, however, decided Monday to use the amnesty clause on Kleiza, a source said. The move will save Toronto from a luxury-tax hit, although the franchise still has to pay Kleiza’s salary.

Like the recently released Metta World Peace, who signed with the New York Knicks yesterday, Kleiza will be subject to waivers. If Kleiza passes through waivers without being claimed, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Last season, Kleiza averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

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