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Report: Nets save in luxury tax between trades with Pacers, Rockets

Edmond Sumner and Sekou Doumbouya in Detroit Pistons v Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 24: Edmond Sumner #5 of the Indiana Pacers shoots against Sekou Doumbouya #45 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 24, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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The Nets acquired Sekou Doumbouya from the Pistons in a trade that was primarily about salary-dumping DeAndre Jordan. Pacers guard Edmond Sumner tore his Achilles.

That left Doumbouya and Sumner to be traded and waived in salary dumps, one including the Rockets.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

Michael Scotto of HoopsHype:

If making only the Houston trade, the Nets would have projected to save about $22 million between luxury-tax liability, Doumbouya’s salary and the cash from Houston.

Making the Indiana trade cuts Brooklyn’s projected savings to just about $8 million.

By making both deals, the Nets break even on second-rounders rather than losing one. But $14 million is a huge sum to effectively pay for a second-round pick. It’s shocking Brooklyn – deep into the luxury tax – would be a dumping ground for Sumner’s $2,130,023 salary. Teams below the luxury-tax line could have absorbed that cap hit at far lower cost.

Still, if Nets owner Joe Tsai is willing to spend like this, more power to him. It helps the team.

The Pacers relinquished a second-rounder to increase wiggle room below the luxury-tax line and open a roster spot. Brad Wanamaker slides in as third point guard behind Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell with Aaron Holiday dealt to the Wizards earlier in the offseason.

Houston gets an extra second-rounder for eating Doumbouya’s $3,613,680 salary. The rebuilding Rockets waiving Doumbouya rather than taking a flier on him shows just how quickly the 2019 No. 15 pick has fallen.