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Heat trade Brian Roberts to Blazers to get below luxury tax

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The Miami Heat did another cost saving move, sending Brian Roberts to the Blazers for a draft pick.

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The Miami Heat have traded newly acquired Brian Roberts to the Portland Trailblazers for a draft pick. Roberts salary now comes off the books and the Heat get below the luxury tax line, which was their goal.

Miami now has two open roster spots, created also by trading Jarnell Stokes for a protected draft pick. They will be able to fill those spots, possibly, without going back over the tax line by offering minimum contracts for this season to players.

There's names out there: Dorell Wright, Michael Beasley, maybe Joe Johnson and more.

The move was made for both flexibility and money reasons.