If you believe the reporters camped out in New York City, the end of the lockout is near. Details and proposals have been leaking out, and one proposal as the San Antonio Spurs name attached directly to it.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Spurs' owner Peter Holt wanted more flexibility in the much talked about amnesty rule.
"Sources say that there’s a determined push led by San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt to allow teams to have at least two years to decide whether or not to amnesty one player, with multiple sources telling ESPN.com this week that they believe the concept -- with restrictions that are still being haggled over -- has indeed won sufficient support to be included in the new labor deal."
Stein goes on to say their is still discussion over what this will look like specifically. Some owners want to restrict the amnesty to only be used on players on the team's current roster when the lockout ends. Others want to be able to use it on any player they acquire in the next 3-5 seasons.
That last part seems unrealistic. I can't imagine the player's union being OK with a group of players' contracts just getting axed at any point in time over the next 5 years without any consequences. However, I can see them willing to wait a couple of seasons on amnesty for guys on their current teams. Remember, it's all about compromise at this point.
I don't know about the other owners in the room, but from Peter Holt's point of view this means that Richard Jefferson is going to be a Spur for this season. Here's why: