Hypothetical: Which Pistons contract would be most advantageous to shed?

We concluded the round table discussions last week, but commenter Stephen posed a thought-provoking hypothetical question on the last post:

If the new CBA has a vastly more restrictive Cap (either hard one,or incredibly heavy Luxury Tax penalties, whatever), there would almost have to be a provision for teams to get out of one contract-aka the Allan Houston Provision Take 2. For arguments sake, let’s say the NBA agrees to buy off 1 Player’s contract on each team-pay his contract fully and his salary doesn’t count towards Cap at all. (League pays for buy-outs perhaps w/a short term tax on Local media deals.) In such a scenario,who would the Pistons nominate for a buy-out? Hamilton, Gordon, Villanueva?

Unrealistic situation? Sure. But it’s interesting discussion fodder nonetheless. I’ve always felt Hamilton would be the no-brainer to get out of, but arguments could be made that Gordon’s or Villanueva’s are worse because they are both a year longer with player options that most assuredly will be picked up. Thoughts?

Tags: Ben Gordon Charlie Villanueva Richard Hamilton

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