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Heat trade Brian Roberts to Blazers, get under luxury tax

The Heat will save $6 million by avoiding a repeater penalty.

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The Miami Heat traded Brian Roberts and a second-round pick to the Portland Trail Blazersaccording to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade was a money-saving move for the Heat -- they drop under the luxury tax and will save $6 million, according to Wojnarowski.

The Heat would have been repeat offenders and been penalized for being over the luxury tax once again. Instead, they'll avoid the repeater penalty by making the move.

Roberts was traded to the Heat as part of the three-team deal that sent Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets. Roberts played 30 games with the Hornets, averaging 4.8 points in 11.1 minutes per game. Now in his fourth year in the league, he never suited up with the Heat. He shouldn't make too much of a difference for the Blazers, but he'll give them another body to come off the bench as they gear up for the race for the eighth playoff spot out West.

The Blazers, as Wojnarowski notes, are reaching the salary floor. And the second-round draft pick isn't a bad asset to have, either.