Nets Acquire Allen Crabbe In Trade With Trail Blazers

Arnold Nichols
July 26, 2017

The Nets had to wait an entire year before they could re-acquire Crabbe, per league rules.

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. For a Blazers team that desperately needed to clear salary, it makes the most sense to view the trade only in that light. The transaction is more than a money-saver.

The Blazers had been rumored to be a willing third-team trade partner in talks with the Knicks and Rockets that would send Carmelo Anthony to Houston. That's only magnified by the fact that Portland will waive Nicholson after completion of the deal.

The question is, with the Blazers dumping Crabbe's deal and the Nets getting a useful three-point marksman, who won this exchange? But Brooklyn isn't looking at the near future; its long-term asset preferences remain the same: find young players with upside, no matter how bad the contract.

Crabbe had a career year in Rip City (at least statistically), averaging 10.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three-point range - all career-highs.

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.

On the surface, this is a minor deal, but one that could have a ripple effect not just in Portland or Brooklyn but around the league if it enables a bigger move. The only certainty here is that the Nets are continuing their rebuild by staying on-brand, while the Blazers are simply looking to stay afloat financially. To sort it all out, here are NBA Trade Grades for both sides.

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