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TORONTO - In a cost-cutting move intended to avoid the increasingly punitive penalties tied to the NBAs restructured luxury tax, the Raptors have used the amnesty provision to waive forward Linas Kleiza. Slip On Vans . The team announced the move on Tuesday. Kleiza, 28, was set to enter the final season of a four-year deal he signed with Toronto in 2010 and is owed $4.6 million in 2013-14. The Raptors will still have to pay the remaining amount owed to Kleiza but his contract will not count against the teams salary cap. The Raptors, who were projected to be over the luxury tax line with Kleizas contract on the books, find themselves roughly $2.5 million under the threshold after cutting the forward. Additionally, they can now reap the rewards of remaining a non-taxpaying team, which include a larger mid-level exception and a share of the money collected from taxpaying teams at season end. Both Tim Leiweke and Masai Ujiri have indicated that the organization would be willing to pay the leagues tax in the event that they were funding a contending team. However, it would be a lot tougher to justify missing out on the aforementioned benefits awarded to non-taxpayers to field a team that figures to be a middling group in the Eastern Conference. Ujiri had hoped to move Kleizas expiring contract for a draft pick but the forward has minimal trade value, if any, as a result of the knee injuries that have plagued him throughout his tenure in Toronto. Kleiza underwent surgery on his right knee in 2011 and has been slowed by the injury ever since. He last played on Dec. 26 and appeared in just 20 games last season, averaging 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting just 33 per cent from the field. Following the 2011 NBA lockout each team was granted one amnesty clause to be used prior to the expiration of the new collective bargaining agreement. Teams who have yet to use their lone amnesty clause have a one-week window to utilize the provision each summer following the July moratorium period. This year, the amnesty window closes at 12:00am ET Wednesday July 17. Kleiza averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 108 contests over three seasons with the Raptors. Buycks on Board The Raptors finalized an agreement with guard Dwight Buycks (pronounced Bikes) on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Buycks, 24, won league MVP playing in France last season -- averaging 18.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game -- after collecting first-team all-rookie honours with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League the year prior. He went undrafted out of Marquette in 2011. Buycks story is one of perseverance. After several years of chasing his NBA dream in the D-League and overseas, he continued to turn heads playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month. The Milwaukee native averaged 9.5 points and 6.0 assists in four games for the undefeated Thunder team before Ujiri and the Raptors expressed interest in the point guard. He made his Toronto debut, getting the start for the Raptors Summer League team in Las Vegas Tuesday. With the reported signing of Julyan Stone on hold -- and now appearing unlikely -- as the former Nuggets guard rehabs nagging hip and knee injuries, the Raptors will look to add a more experienced back-up point guard for the veterans minimum. Old Skool Vans Shoes Sale .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. Vans Toy Story Uk . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. http:///...d-skool-blue-uk.html . Bradwell was scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday. Born and raised in Toronto, Bradwell is entering his sixth CFL season, with all six played for his hometown Argonauts. There are no hard feelings from Swiss motorsport driver Simona de Silvestro despite last years Pussy Wagon controversy at the Bathurst 1000.However, the ex-IndyCar driver has vowed not to show any mercy to her fellow male competitors at Sundays Great Race.De Silvestro and co-driver Renee Gracie were last year poised to revel in being the first all female team to contest the Mount Panorama race in almost 20 years.Instead their entry was overshadowed by Ford driver David Reynolds now infamous - and dismissive - description of their team.Reynolds was fined $25,000 for his jibe.And although Reynoldss wallet took a beating so did the aforementioned all-female entry, the women finishing last of the cars who didnt fall victim to the concrete pitfalls of Mount Panorama.De Silvestro admitted she still had to prove herself against the guys ahead of her full-time Supercars debut next season, on a three-year deal.She will be the first female to become a full-time touring car driver since Christine Gibson in 1975.But the former Formula One test driver claimed she would not be motivated by Reynolds controversial call.It doesnt matter, it is just a comment, de Silvestro told AAP.As a woman you have to prove yourself.I have only been here once and while I didnt do too well Bathurst is probably the toughest track to be thrown into.However, in everry series I have been in I have proven I am fast and that is the way I will be accepted again in Supercars - and I know I can do that. Vans Sk8 Hi Leather. De Silvestro finally felt acknowledged by the Supercars crowd despite Reynolds now infamous description of her team.Its not frustrating that guys still think that way - its just a fact, de Silvestro said of Reynolds, who has since apologised.The bottom line is that there are not many female racers.I have raced in Formula E and IndyCar and have been the only woman in the field.I guess it is like having one guy in a womens ballet contest - you are compelled to look at him.De Silvestro admitted she was feeling the pressure to fly the flag for women at Bathurst.Its not a one off anymore. There is more on the line now, she said.Of course it is always hard to get back into a (touring) car again for the first time in a year (with a long history of racing open wheelers).And its little things like sitting on the right side, not being in an open wheeler - its hard understanding what needs to be done to be quick in this car.De Silvestro was adamant her combination with Gracie would come good at Mount Panorama.We know we have to improve on our result last year, she said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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