NBA buyout season begins for veterans


After the NBA trade deadline passed this week, several teams wasted no time shedding the salaries of unwanted players.

Any of the players waived our bought-out before the March 1 deadline are playoff eligible.

The Boston Celtics agreed to a buy-out of David Lee after trading for him over the offseason. Lee is already rumored to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.

Center Anderson Varajao was waived by the Portland Trailblazers immediately after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2006 No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani also received a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets, despite signing a two-year veteran’s minimum contract this past offseason.

The Denver Nuggets waived forwards Steve Novak and J.J. Hickson.

The Sacramento Kings are also expected to buyout forward Caron Butler. Butler signed with the Kings this offseason as well.

It will be interesting to see if a playoff team takes a gamble on any of the veterans mentioned above. It will also be interesting to see if any of the veterans can still contribute to a quality NBA team.

More veterans could also be looking for new teams within the coming days.

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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