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. 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. 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Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed National League saves leader Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. Grilli, who left Monday nights game at Washington in the ninth inning with discomfort in his forearm, travelled to Pittsburgh Tuesday and will be examined by team doctors. "The biggest thing weve got to do is get Jason back to Pittsburgh and be seen by our doctors and get a more thorough evaluation," Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said. "The initial read was hes going to be down at least seven to 10 days so the DL becomes a no-brainer at that point, but the rest is speculative and anything else at this point would be purely that." Huntington was asked if the initial read on the injury was encouraging or incomplete. "Both," he said. "The initial read is encouraging but until we have the actual read it doesnt make a ton of sense for us to be out in front and speculate on what it is or how long hes going to be down." The All-Star right hander is 0-1 with a 2.34 EERA and 30 saves.dddddddddddd Manager Clint Hurdle said Mark Melancon (2-1, 0.97, two saves) will assume the closers role in Grillis absence. "I think its going to be somewhat of a seamless transition. We cant replace Jason but we are going to move Mark to the closer spot," Hurdle said. He said several relievers will work to fill Melancons eighth-inning role. "I do think well go the way the game flow is. We could have a different option every night," he said. "I dont think Im going to settle into one guy right now." The Pirates also plan to recall right hander Vic Black from Triple-A Indianapolis, where hes 1-2 with 15 saves and a 2.31 ERA. In a separate move Tuesday, Pittsburgh activated second baseman Neil Walker, who had been on the disabled list since July 7 with right side soreness. Walker is hitting .244 with six homers and 26 RBIs this season. To make room for Walker, Pittsburgh designated veteran infielder Brandon Inge for assignment. Inge appeared in 50 games, hitting .181 with a homer and seven RBIs. ' ' '