Nets Acquire Allen Crabbe In Trade With Trail Blazers

Nets Acquire Allen Crabbe In Trade With Trail Blazers

Portland is expected to waive power forward Andrew Nicholson, clearing the almost $20 million that he's due over the next three years off its books.

The Nets offered the 6-foot-6 sharpshooter a four-year, $75 million offer along with a 15-percent trade kicker, one which Portland ultimately matched in hopes to retain the Cal standout. A move to Brooklyn would have afforded the opportunity to start, but those plans never came to fruition as the Portland Trail Blazers made the decision to match that offer.

But after last year's spending spree and with big contracts for Damian Lillard ($26 million this season), C.J. McCollum ($24 million) and Evan Turner ($17 million) on the books, the Blazers are in a position where they need to shed salary.

The Nets, ironically, were the team that forced Portland to overpay Crabbe last offseason.

Tuesday, the Trailblazers traded the shooting guard, who has three years remaining on that same deal, to Brooklyn.

One year after losing him, the Nets have gotten hold of Allen Crabbe. He averaged 10.7 points, 1.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

By moving Crabbe and his expensive contract to Brooklyn, the Blazers have saved $12-plus million against this year's salary cap. In those games he averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, struggling mightily with his shot from both three (18.5 percent) and the field overall (38.7).

The Nets acquired Nicholson, 27, in the February trade that sent to Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Washington Wizards.