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Report: Cavaliers Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller to Trail Blazers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally traded Brendan Haywood‘s $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract, sending Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers along with Mike Miller, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The Blazers will also get two future second-round picks in the deal:

The Cavaliers had been looking to use Haywood’s contract as means to upgrade the roster, but no good deals were found and Cleveland had to settle for a large trade exception (and a smaller one from Miller’s $2.85 million contract). The trade exceptions expire in a year and could be useful if the Cavaliers want to make a deal during that time.

Miller signed a two-year deal with Cleveland last offseason after a really strong season with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 35-year-old shot 45.9 percent from three in 2013-14 with the Grizzlies, but he contributed very little in his lone season in Cleveland. He averaged 2.1 points while shooting 32.5 percent overall and 32.7 percent from three in 52 regular-season games, totaling a dreadful 4.64 PER. He saw 64 minutes in the postseason.

With Miller providing little, the Cavaliers included him in the deal to help alleviate some of their massive tax burden. It’s looking like he may not stick in Portland:

If Miller is bought out, look for a team to sign him at the minimum with the hope of him regaining his shooting touch. The Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks already have interest, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

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