silentjim wrote:Can we straight buy out contracts in future years at any time? I don't see why not, I'm just not sure its ever been done before. I have Elton Brand for 1.63M next season waived, but have the cap spaced this season to buy him totally out? Can I just do that?
From what I've been told, yes you can. I just did it last week with Steve Nash.
As long as our season is still playing out, you can do whatever you need to clean house. That's the way I've always understood it. In fact, I've always understood it that as long as the NBA regular season is in effect, you can make any moves you need to and have them count for this season...although, that may need some clarification.
But I know for a fact as long as people are still playing games (i.e. playoffs), you can make any moves you need and they'll count for this year.