O'Connor said that was the main factor behind the trade — not necessarily finances.
"It didn't play it at all. It really didn't," O'Connor said of the payroll relief. "I mean, did we save money? Yes. Are we cognizant of that? Absolutely."
I'm not certain how you can believe this. Finances didn't play a part in trading Brewer for a protected lottery pick? Of course finances played a part. O'Connor's doing some very blatant lying.