January 19, 2020, 10:18 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
In an article exploring their most recent trade, John Hollinger of The Athletic made note that the Blazers are now capable of combining Hassan Whiteside's contract with one of the minimum contracts on their roster to fully get under the luxury tax threshold.
This matters only because the entire point of yesterday's trade from Portland's side seemed to be an effort to reduce their tax burden and the potential for the dreaded 'repeater tax'. If their new MO is to work towards alleviating that completely, trading Whiteside's giant contract could now accomplish that in one fell swoop. To be clear, there is no official rumor to indicate that he is on the block, but if we are to believe this is the direction that Portland would like to take with this season it's worth keeping a side-eye on.
Source: The Athletic