But even Ennis’ minimum salary has proven too costly to the Rockets.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
This puts the Rockets in line to save $3,009,236 – $2,432,123 in luxury tax and $577,114 in Ennis’ remaining salary. Now just $2,669,057 over the tax line, Houston could try to dodge the tax altogether.
More likely: The Rockets will remain in the tax and sign bought-out players. Unloading Ennis via trade rather than releasing him just makes opening the roster spot cheaper.
The 76ers already made their big move by trading for Tobias Harris. They also added Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in that deal. But Philadelphia badly needed depth, and Ennis – a versatile forward – adds more.