Last offseason the Brooklyn Nets signed shooting guard Allen Crabbe to an offer sheet for a four year contract worth $75 million dollars, but since Crabbe was a restricted free agent, the Portland Trail Blazers elected to match the offer sheet and keep Crabbe. It seems that the Blazers regretted this decision, because they traded Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets today, in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson who will be waived under the stretch provision. By stretching the $19 million on Nicholson’s contract, the Blazers will clear $16.5 million in cap space for 2017, and are $3 million above the tax threshold.
The Nets get another player in a salary dump, and Crabbe could start alongside D’Angelo Russell in the backcourt, suddenly the Nets roster does not look terrible. With Russell, Crabbe, Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead, Sean Kirkpatrick, Spencer Dinwiddie, Archie Goodwin and Jeremy Lin in the backcourt and DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker, Quincy Acy, Timofey Mozgov and rookie Jarrett Allen in the front court they could win some games in the weak eastern conference and maybe the final draft pick that they have to send to Boston as the final piece of the worst trade in NBA history will not be first overall again.