Blazers trade Allen Crabbe in salary dump

Lawrence Cooper
July 26, 2017

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Crabbe was one of the NBA's best three-point shooters last season, shooting 44.4 percent from behind the three-point line. On Portland's end, this is a pretty clear salary dump, and a good one - Crabbe will earn an average of $18.7 million through 2019-2020. (Anthony has reportedly said that he won't waive his no-trade clause for Portland.) A former Portland play-by-play announcer, Mike Rice, even tweeted that the Blazers were involved in a forthcoming three-team trade for Anthony.

Brooklyn will be paying Crabbe nearly $19 million per year until his contract is up after the 2019-2020 season where he will be competing for playing within a suddenly crowded Nets backcourt.

Last season, the 6-foot-6 Crabbe played in 79 games, starting seven.

Wojnarowski reports the Blazers will then waive Nicholson and use the stretch provision on his contract. Reports have recently surfaced regarding Portland's interest in Anthony.

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It's too soon to know whether he will start or come off the bench for the Nets, who also acquired guard D'Angelo Russell and small forward DeMarre Carroll this offseason.

They want Crabbe to be a part of their young core that includes Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead and first-round pick Jarrett Allen.

Crabbe will waive his trade kicker to facilitate the exchange.

The Nets will send forward Andrew Nicholson to the Blazers, league sources said.

Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists for the Blazers last season as the team's third guard behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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