Box Seats blogger Lee Friedman offers his opinion on how the NBA’s new CBA could affect the Wizards. Among other observations, Friedman says:

It’s ironic that the amnesty clause included in the new CBA would have been of more use to the team three years ago (and $60 million worth of grotto-building by Gilbert Arenas). The clause allows teams to erase one contract from their salary cap once during the course of the CBA.

Common sense dictates that the $22 Million Dollar Man, Rashard Lewis, should be the first to go. But the new CBA has a salary floor which the Wizards could fall below if they used the clause on Lewis. With the underwhelming free agent market this year (David West, Nene, Tyson Chandler, etc.) it would be better to hold on to Lewis for another year and spend on the 2012 free agent class, which looks to be deeper (Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Gerald Wallace).

For Friedman’s full blog post, click here.