Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets

Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets

Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets

The Portland Trail Blazers are trading guard Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi first reported the trade.

Coming off the bench behind C.J. McCollum, Crabbe put up 10.7 points per game while shooting 44-percent from three-point range, but it looks as though he became an expendable piece in Portland. It's a cap clearing move for the Blazers, who will save more than $12 million off their bloated payroll next season.

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Following the Blazers' use of the waive-and-stretch provision, they will have cut over $16 million off their books for the 2017-18 season.

For the Nets, adding Crabbe for the hefty price tag of around $19 million a year is surely no delight.

The trade comes a year to the day after the Blazers made a decision to match the four-year, $75 million offer sheet that Brooklyn tendered Crabbe as a restricted free agent last summer. 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. He'll join a backcourt of Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, with Caris LeVert in the mix, too, to go along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and DeMarre Carroll at the forward spots. Crabbe also was so willing to join Atkinson and the Nets that he reportedly is waiving his trade kicker that would have paid him $5.6 million over the next two years. It's still a steep price to pay for a player who averaged 10.7 points in 28.5 minutes per game last season, particularly when you consider the Trail Blazers had a significantly worse offensive rating with him on the floor.

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