Report: Cleveland Cavaliers trade Keith Bogans to Philadelphia 76ers

Looks like Bogans isn't going to compete for a title this year.  (USATSI)
Looks like Keith Bogans isn't going to compete for a title this year. (USATSI)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting very tricky with their finagling of the salary cap and their roster. After just sending several non-guaranteed players to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Keith Bogans, the Cavs are now moving him to the Philadelphia 76ers with a second round pick to create a $5.3 million trade exception, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

What this means for the Cavs, their roster, and their cap situation is they essentially get the same placeholder value that Bogans and his non-guaranteed contract would provide while not actually having to worry about the luxury tax or using up the roster spot in the process. By creating the trade exception in the amount of Bogans' contract, the Cavs will now have a year to use this to add a player to their roster, if one becomes available that they feel fits what they're trying to build.

Now the Cavs dip under the luxury tax line but still have all of the benefits of making a move with Bogans salary. For the Sixers, they start inching back toward that salary floor, but don't pay any more than they would have had to in the first place. They're still roughly $20 million under the salary cap and about $13 million away from the salary floor. If they don't reach that salary floor, they just divide the difference up amongst the players on their roster. 

CBS Sports Writer

Zach Harper likes basketball. Some would even say he loves it. He's also an enthusiast for everything Ricky Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nic Cage, and has seen the movie Gigli almost three times. He's been... Full Bio

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