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Report: Heat trade Brian Roberts & second-rounder to Trail Blazers, escape luxury tax


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Streeter Lecka

The Heat have avoided history.

They won’t be the first team ever to pay the repeater rate on the luxury tax.

After dealing Chris Andersen to the Grizzlies, Miami continues to churn through its roster. Jarnell Stokes had a short stay with the Heat – acquired in November, traded today. Brian Roberts – acquired Tuesday – will have an even quicker pass through Miami.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

This deal gets the Heat below the luxury-tax line, saving them $7,577,541 – $6,603,503 in taxes and $974,038 in salary. Importantly, Miami will also be eligible to receive a share of the tax money typically distributed to non-tax-paying teams.

The deal also has financial benefit to the Trail Blazers, who can count Roberts’ full-season salary ($2,854,940) toward the salary floor while paying only his remaining salary ($974,038). Similar logic impacted their willingness to accept Anderson Varejao’s burdensome contract.

Portland also gets a draft pick and a decent backup point guard for its playoff pursuit. Roberts should ease the burden on Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, especially because the Trail Blazers waived reserve guard Tim Frazier to allow the Varejao (Channing Frye) trade.