Cleveland Cavaliers trade Haywoon and Miller to Portland Trail Blazers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are walking a tight rope right now when it comes to balancing the books whilst ensuring they have a roster capable of competing again for the NBA title.

Having handed out big new deals to LeBron James and Kevin Love, they know they have to make some room if they are to have any hope of bringing back the likes of  Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith without footing a monumental luxury tax bill.

Trade away

With that in mind, it looks like the 2015 NBA runners up have done something about it today with reports claiming they have traded away both Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers.


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The deal also includes two second round picks heading Portland's way - one in 2019 from either the Timberwolves or Lakers, and one in 2020.

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Offloading Haywood and his $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract has been high on the priority list for the Cavaliers this offseason, and throwing in Mike Miller's $2.85 million contract is likely to save Cleveland around $10 million in cap space.

It does also give them two separate trade exemptions which could be used mid-season to bring in more experience without having to unload anyone.

Even with the money saving trade the Cavs are still going to around the $40 million region in terms of luxury tax owed if they go ahead and sign Tristan Thompson to a max deal. But, as they say, every penny counts and this move gives them a little extra room to manoeuvre.

Portland value

Neither Miller of Haywood are likely to be on the Blazers roster when the 2015-16 season gets underway.

Portland will waive Haywood's big money deal, whilst there is already talk that Mike Miller is in the process of buying out his contract.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies are all rumored to be interested in the former Miami Heat man.

So, whilst Portland fans won't see much change to the roster in the short-term after this trade, it has at least given them a couple more extra options in drafts down the line.

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