Among the uncertainty of Chris Bosh's medical status after the All-Star break, just a year after a similar situation played out, the Miami Heat have completed a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Charlotte Hornets.
The Heat will be sending Chris Andersen to the Grizzlies and will receive point guard Brian Roberts from the Hornets. Miami saves approximately $2 million in the deal but will also be sending out two conditional future second round picks to Memphis in the deal, though one of the picks is heavily protected according to the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman.
Birdman-Roberts trade shaves another $2 million-plus in salary from Heat payroll, as Heat work to get under tax.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 16, 2016
Trading Chris Andersen and absorbing Brian Roberts in a three-team deal has taken Heat from $14.3 million in owed luxury tax to $8.8 million— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 16, 2016
Because of the way each team's tax payout is calculated based on being repeat offenders by going over the tax in past seasons, the Heat's cost-cutting move is more significant, as explained by Winderman.
Tuesday's tax savings would amount to roughly $6 million tax savings for the Heat when factoring in the luxury-tax multiplier.
Memphis is sending Courtney Lee to Charlotte in exchange for PJ Hairston and two future second round picks to complete the trade.
The loss of Birdman was to be expected throughout the season as the Heat worked to find a taker for the 37-year-old center. He made an immediate impact upon signing with the Heat in 2013 and was an integral member of the rotation as the team went on to win the NBA championship.
Roberts is a 6'-1" point guard averaging career-lows in points (4.8), minutes (11.1) and assists (1.3) and has been in and out of the rotation this season in Charlotte. A career 35.2% shooter from 3-point area, he is shooting 33.3% from that distance this season. While Tyler Johnson recovers from surgery surgery, Roberts will be battling rookie Josh Richardson for minutes behind Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih.
The NBA trading deadline is this Thursday at 3 p.m. and Pat Riley may not be done working the phones with Bosh out for an extended amount of time.
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UPDATE: The Heat have officially confirmed the trade and released this statement from Riley about Birdman and the newly acquired Roberts.
Chris Andersen was absolutely essential in our 2013 NBA Championship run. We want to thank him for his contributions and we wish him nothing but the best, he will always be considered part of the HEAT family.
Brian Roberts has been on our radar and we felt it was important to solidify our point guard position due to the injury of Tyler Johnson. We feel like we did that with the addition of Roberts and we would like to welcome Brian to Miami.