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Blazers: Crabbe deal is a gain... but is another trade on the way?

Blazers: Crabbe deal is a gain... but is another trade on the way?

According to ESPN, the Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn for forward Andrew Nicholson, then plan to waive Nicholson and will stretch Nicholson's contract.

The move lowers Portland's luxury tax bill by about $44 million, according to sources, and creates a $12.9 million trade exception that will be available for one year.

But the money side of this is only half the story. Portland parts ways with Crabbe and I can't say that's a bad move.

To me, Crabbe was the epitome of a good shooter but not a good player. For the most part, he disappeared in key times, had trouble defensively and was not a good passer. His contract was too large and it's ironic Portland traded him to the team that gave him that deal in the first place.

I believe this trade is a precursor to some other move or moves. The Blazers now have more flexibility. As I said earlier today, I still do not see any three-way deal with Houston on the horizon. Whatever is going on doesn't have anything to do with that proposed trade.


Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to the Nets

Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to the Nets

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, swapping Allen Crabbe for Andrew Nicholson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

According to Wojnarowski, the Blazers intend to waive Nicholson and stretch his salary to help create some cap relief.

In waiving Nicholson and stretching his contract, the Blazers will take just a $2.8 million cap hit over the next seven seasons.

For Brooklyn, they finally got their man. The Nets offered Crabbe a 4-year, $75-million offer last off-season, only to see the Blazers match the deal. 

Crabbe had been speculated in many trade scenarios, but a trade kicker in his contract made him hard to offload. However, Crabbe intends to waive his kicker, worth an extra $5.7 million, for the Nets. 

For the Blazers, they finally get to shed one of their bloated contracts and move closer to creating some cap flexibility. According to Bobby Marks, the Blazers luxury tax bill drops from $48.3 million to just $4.4 million with Crabbe off the books.

The Blazers need to create as much cap space as possible if they hope to retain 2018 free agent Jusuf Nurkic, and this move helps them do just that. The trade also creates a $12.9 million trade exception for the Blazers that expires next summer.



The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward Andrew Nicholson from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Allen Crabbe, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.  

“Allen has been a model teammate on the court and ambassador for the organization off the court,” said Olshey.  “He will be missed by all of us who shared the last four seasons with him. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his career in Brooklyn.”

Nicholson, 27, has averages of 6.0 points (46.7% FG, 32.1% 3-PT, 77.3% FT), 3.0 rebounds and 0.4 rebounds in 285 games (36 starts) over five seasons with Orlando, Washington and Brooklyn.

Selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of St. Bonaventure, Nicholson (6-9, 250) split the 2016-17 season with Washington and Brooklyn, posting averages of 2.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 9.0 minutes in 38 games.

Crabbe holds career averages of 8.3 points (45.6% FG, 41.1% 3-PT, 84.8% FT), 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 226 games (24 starts) over four seasons with the Trail Blazers. Acquired in a 2013 NBA Draft day trade with Cleveland, Crabbe ranks third among all-time franchise leaders with a career 41.1% mark from three-point range (minimum 100 3-pointers).

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No room for error: Blazers lead Nets by one at halftime


No room for error: Blazers lead Nets by one at halftime

The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to win their second game in a row, while the Brooklyn Nets are looking to not lose their second in a row.

The first quarter was all Portland, with the Blazers holding the 37-27 lead at quarter's end. But the story of the game at that point wasn’t the effectiveness of the offense, it was the health of Allen Crabbe.

With 1:46 remaining in the first quarter Crabbe fell to the floor with an apparent left leg injury and had to be assisted off the court. The Blazers announced he was questionable to return with a left leg contusion. Much to the delight of Trail Blazers fans he returned to action in the second quarter.

The second quarter saw the Blazers’ offense stall, scoring just 21 points. The Nets took advantage. As the first half came to an end the Nets had trimmed the deficit to just a single point, and made a ball game of it.

Through two quarters the Nets are shooting 54.8% from the field, 53.3% from deep, and 100% from the free throw line. Portland, on the other hand, is shooting 59% from the field and 60% from deep, but just 54.5% (6 for 11) from the free throw line.

Halftime score: Blazers 58 – Nets 57

Top performers of the first half:

Trail Blazers

  CJ McCollum, 12

Rebounds:  Jusuf Nurkić, McCollum, Lillard, & Crabbe, 2 each

Assist:  Damian Lillard, 4


Points: Sean Kilpatrick, 14

Rebounds:  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 5

Assist:  Caris LeVert and Sean Kilpatrick, 3 each

CJ McCollum gets hot, helps Trail Blazers beat Brooklyn and end losing streak

CJ McCollum gets hot, helps Trail Blazers beat Brooklyn and end losing streak

BROOKLYN -- Damian Lillard on Friday said he could sense the Trail Blazers were close to clicking, and on Sunday the Blazers did just that against the Brooklyn Nets. 

Behind a breakaway third quarter that mixed a blend of hot shooting and active defense, the Blazers beat Brooklyn 129-109 at the Barclays Center to end a three game losing streak. 

CJ McCollum had 33 points, including a third-quarter stretch when he hit three three-pointers in a row, and Evan Turner and Meyers Leonard led a productive bench that helped the Blazers (8-7) score a season high.

Brooklyn (4-9) lost its fourth straight despite 21 points from center Brook Lopez.  

Part of the Blazers' third-quarter run was fueled by its much-maligned defense, which entered the game with the NBA's worst defensive rating. Portland had seven consecutive stops in the third, which helped push an 89-78 lead to 97-78.

The Blazers scored a season-high 70 points in the first half, thanks in large part to a prolific effort from the bench. Turner hit 7-of-9 shots and scored 14 and Allen Crabbe (11 points) and Meyers Leonard (9 points, five rebounds). All told, the bench combined to shoot 11 of 15 in the second quarter, when the Blazers scored 38 points and extended their 32-29 lead after the first quarter by three points.

Turner finished with 19 points -- his most since joining Portland in the offseason -- while Leonard added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both Leonard and Crabbe hit four three pointers and the bench rotation went 18-for-30 from the field before the end of the bench played the final four minutes. 

But it was the offensive excellence of McCollum, who made 12-of-19 shots -- including 6-of-10 from three-point range -- that fueled Portland. It was McCollum's fourth game this season scoring 30 or more points.  His third quarter push allowed Lillard to sit out the fourth quarter after scoring 18 points in 28 minutes. 

Ed Davis started his second consecutive game at power forward, and for the second straight game the Blazers outrebounded their opponent, which hadn't happened since opening night. Davis had three points, six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes. The Blazers' defense also held Brooklyn to 39.8 percent shooting

Next up: Blazers at New York, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (CSN)



So should Blazers match the Crabbe deal or not?

So should Blazers match the Crabbe deal or not?

This may not be as simple as it seems. The Brooklyn Nets have offered Allen Crabbe a $75 million, four-year contract that could, with bonuses, creep up to $83 million. The Nets have also apparently promised Crabbe a starting job, which would seem to almost always come attached with that sort of salary.

The promise of being a starter complicates this a bit. But there are several considerations here for the Trail Blazers as they make a decision whether to match that offer:

  • What's it going to take, dollar-wise, to keep Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless on the roster? Portland's other two restricted free agents may also get sizeable offers and decisions may have to be made about perhaps allowing one of the three players to leave. I do know one thing -- of the three, Crabbe seems to be the one the team most wants to retain.
  • The idea of Crabbe wanting to become a starting player could complicate this thing. Can he be convinced that the minutes he'll get in Portland will be close to starters' minutes? Does he really know what he's getting himself into with a franchise like Brooklyn -- which figures to be a very poor team? If the money is the same, isn't it better to be a reserve on a good team than a starter on the worst team in basketball? Can Crabbe be convinced of that?
  • Do you take a chance on bringing back a player who would rather be somewhere else?
  • What does Paul Allen think? Don't think for a moment this isn't a factor. He's writing the checks and he needs to sign off on the big deals -- particularly one that would guarantee a bench player nearly $20 million a year for four seasons.
  • It's also important to remember that if Crabbe is retained, he becomes just another big asset for a deal sometime down the road. Yes, he probably has a trade kicker in that contract, but it would still be possible to get a player for him at some point. Acquiring and retaining assets is very important in attempting to rebuild a franchise.
  • I just have to say this: Man, Brooklyn is a little crazy. Crabbe has value at both ends of the court, but this is a player who has never been a starting player over an extended period of time. I cannot imagine offering him this kind of coin without a little more evidence that he can handle the responsibility.

I will wrap this up with my own hunch here: I think they will match. Crabbe has become an integral part of the roster and I don't think they will let him walk.