The Portland Trail Blazers have decided to match the $75 million offer sheet of Allen Crabbe with the Brooklyn Nets. It looks like the Blazers are not ready to bid adieu to their young shooting guard.
Crabbe hit the free agency as a restricted free agent, which gives Portland the right to match the offer sheet. The 24-year-old shooting guard was drawing interest from many teams this summer.
The Nets also promised young Crabbe a starting role, apart from the astronomical money. The promising shooting guard came off the bench in Portland last season.
The Portland Trail Blazers have matched Allen Crabbe's four-year, $75M offer sheet with Brooklyn, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 10, 2016
Why did the Blazers match the offer sheet for Crabbe?
The Blazers continue to consider young Crabbe as a reserve shooting guard. The question is why did they decide to retain their backup guard by matching a monstrous offer sheet?
The Blazers will continue with their star C.J. McCollum as a starter at the shooting guard position. Coming off the bench, Crabbe posted averages of 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.0 minutes per game while shooting 39.3 percent on three-pointers last season, as reported by the Vertical.
It’s a decent show, but surely not worth such a huge money.
But Crabbe’s ability to defend his position as well as shoot is the prime reason why the Blazers were reluctant to lose him for any amount. Portland is preserving their own assets.
The Blazers general manager Neil Olshey is eyeing to improve the franchise’s roster by adding fresh blood as well as retaining its own stars. Portland signed forward Evan Turner and center Festus Ezeli in free agency.
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