Nets acquire Allen Crabbe from Trail Blazers for Andrew Nicholson
The Brooklyn Nets have acquired G/F Allen Crabbe from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for PF Andrew Nicholson.
Crabbe has been coveted by Sean Marks since last summer when the 25-year-old signed a 4-year, $75 Million offer sheet with Brooklyn. Portland matched this offer, but found it to be too much of a financial burden going forward.
Portland will waive and stretch Andrew Nicholson's contract to make room for future signings. By shedding the Nicholson contract, Brooklyn essentially picked up Crabbe for 3-years, $37 Million. A prudent investment for a young player with upside.
Crabbe averaged 10.7 PPG in 28.5 MPG while shooting 44.4% from three last season with Portland. The Los Angeles native has shown serious ability to fill it up from three while serving as a talented presence on the defensive end of the floor.
At just 25-years-old Crabbe has tremendous upside and fits directly into the pace and space style of play Kenny Atkinson has implemented in Brooklyn. The Nets listed Crabbe as a Guard/Forward in their press release. Kenny Atkinson described Brooklyn as playing "positionless basketball" next season and will likely play Crabbe at both Shooting Guard and Small Forward
The Nets now have about $3.5 Million in cap space, but could make room by either declining to pick up or trading the contracts of Spencer Dinwiddie and Archie Goodwin. Marks could also look to deal Sean Kilpatrick or Joe Harris, whose contracts were guaranteed on June 29th. With a surplus of guards, Brooklyn may look to acquire a stretch big.
Sean Marks has done a marvelous job in acquiring young talent and draft picks for a team utterly depleted of assets. Heres a look at the incoming and outgoing players for Brooklyn since the trade deadline:
2018 Lottery-Protected 1st-Round Pick
2018 Second-Round Pick
2017 1st-Round Pick (27th)
The Brooklyn Nets have taken a major step in their climb back to competitive basketball this offseason. Sean Marks is beginning to show the NBA who he is and why he was the right man to take over a disastrous situation in Brooklyn.