Andre Miller trade opens up luxury-tax space, roster spot

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In addition to acquiring Andre Miller, the Wizards have opened up some space to make another move if need be.

We'll have plenty more coverage evaluating the wisdom of the Andre Miller trade in the coming hours, but I wanted to quickly point out some salary-cap and roster effects of the move.

As we've noted a few times, the Wizards had to be conscious of the luxury tax when making a move. With this trade, they have been. Now, they might be able to reap the (very small) benefits.

Miller makes about $5 million this season, according to Sham Sports. (He also makes $4.6 million, with $2 million guaranteed next year, which is about as much as Maynor's player option would have been). Jan Vesely and Eric Maynor, meanwhile, make a combined $5.35 million. The Wizards were about $1 million below the luxury tax before; this deal adds another $350,000 or so of wiggle room.

And that may matter because of the other thing this deal does: open a roster spot. The Wizards were at the full 15 players before this trade, but by acquiring one player for two, they now have space to bring in someone else for a flyer. In other words: they can use that extra luxury-tax room to kick tires on someone like Rodrigue Beaubois.

Just one of the benefits of this move.

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