Portland Trail Blazers’ Allen Crabbe was drawing interest from many teams in free agency. Crabbe finally signed a massive four-year, $75M deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have already secured the services of star point guard Jeremy Lin this summer. Shooting guard Crabbe’s contract includes a player option in Year 4 and a 15 percent trade kicker.
Crabbe’s deal could reach around $83 million with bonuses, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
Crabbe is a restricted free agent. The Portland Trail Blazers will have three days to match Crabbe’s offer sheet signed in free agency.
Why did Crabbe select Brooklyn?
Crabbe has been promised the starting role in Nets, despite a lucrative deal in terms of money, according to league sources.
Many experts feel that Crabbe has earned a dream package this summer. The 24-year-old shooting guard averaged 10.3 points coming off the bench in Portland in his third NBA season. Now, will the Nets hand him the starting role despite having no prior experience as a starter?
If the Blazers match his offer sheet, they’ll consider him as a reserve wing for next season. It’s unlikely that Portland will match such a monstrous offer sheet for a reserve player. The franchise has C.J. McCollum as the starter at that position.
Acquiring Crabbe is another free agency bold move for Nets’ new general manager Sean Marks after he roped in Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson. The Blazers on the other side, are planning to match his offer sheet, but it hardly makes much fiscal sense.
Young Crabbe now faces a tough challenge of proving his mettle as a starter.
Jeremy Lin posted a stellar show as a backup point guard in Charlotte Hornets. At this stage of his career, the flamboyant guard was eyeing a starting role in free agency and accepted Brooklyn’s offer like Crabbe. The Nets are also considering Lin as the starting point guard.
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