Though the contract counts only as the current guaranteed amount of $1.8 million, the salary protection can be adjusted upward to any amount up to the full contract number of $12.8 million to make a trade work. So based on the 175 percent range to make a trade work, the contract can still bring back significantly more salary than the Trail Blazers would send out, making it very favorable to the other team.
It has been speculated that the Trail Blazers are taking the first step toward moving under the tax threshold by making this deal. But that's not likely. Most league sources believe that to get its payroll pruned to that extent, Portland would have to convey a first-round draft pick -- which the team is not likely to do.
The real reason for the trade is likely the most obvious one -- it brings in a player who may be a better fit than the ones who left, while saving the team $12.3 million. The team may be slightly more competitive with a 6-8 small forward, who at one time was a solid 3-and-D player, while making the payroll a bit more responsible.
The real reason for making the Trevor Ariza trade is the most obvious one originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest