Lakers resign Howard and get about the same payroll as this year of $100M.
Luxury Tax hit would be: $72.250.000
Total $ spent: $172.250.000
Lakers resign Howard but trade Gasol for cap space. Payroll at $80M
Luxury Tax hit would be $11.000.000
Total $ spent: $91.000.000
Let's say the Lakers trade Gasol to the Jazz for cap space. How much money would that save them??? $81.250.000