Trail Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe to Nets

Trail Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe to Nets

Brooklyn now sports one of the best young shooting commodities in the league, virtually getting the guy they targeted a season ago and saving $18.5 million in the process for their patience. Crabbe's 2017-18 salary is nearly $13 million less than that of Nicholson, who the Blazers will waive to save even more money this year. Nicholson has approximately $19 million left on his contract over three years, including a player option.

It's possible that the move is clearing a way for something else. The Blazers are expected to waive Nicholson to significantly lessen the luxury tax hit next season. This could put Portland in position to get into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, if he agrees to be traded there, but it also gives them other opportunities to improve on what was a capped-out roster.

However, that's all conjecture right now.

For the Blazers, the deal appears to be a salary dump.

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Just a year ago, the Brooklyn Nets made a decision to ruin Portland's summer and to eat up all its cap space by giving Allen Crabbe an offer sheet worth almost $75 million over four years. Portland matched the sheet and, under league rules, needed to wait one full year to include Crabbe into a deal with the Nets.

Last season, the 6-foot-6 Crabbe played in 79 games, starting seven. Crabbe shot 44 percent from 3 last season on almost four attempts per game, but failed to do much of anything else. Before this trade, they had about $137 million in guaranteed money on the books for next season, in large part due to C.J. McCollum's four-year, $106 million extension kicking in.

The NBA insider reported on Twitter that Crabbe was traded to the Nets in exchange for Andrew Nicholson. If Portland can find another cap cutting move this offseason, there's a very good chance they'll take it.