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NBA Notes: Trail Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets for Andrew Nicholson

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NBA Notes: Trail Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets for Andrew Nicholson

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson.

The deal, first reported by ESPN, comes a year after the Nets offered Crabbe a four-year, $75 million deal as a restricted free agent. The Trail Blazers matched that offer.

A 6-foot-6 wing, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season in Portland. He hit 44.4 percent of his 3-pointers.

"Allen has been a model teammate on the court and ambassador for the organization off the court," Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said in a statement. "He will be missed by all of us who shared the last four seasons with him" (see full story).

Warriors: Curry’s 5-year, $201 million deal finalized
OAKLAND, California -- Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he's being paid for all he has done -- and certainly will do.

Curry finalized his new contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.

Considered overlooked and undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.

The two-time NBA MVP, who earned $12 million this season as one of the league's biggest bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40 million per season.

"Just happy to be a leader on this team that can understand the goals that we set out for ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could," Curry said immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last month (see full story).

Pelicans: Davis tired of losing, ready for results
NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis says a New Orleans Pelicans are "tired of losing" and have the roster to do something about it.

That is, if they can find a new offensive scheme that suits their mixture of incumbent starters and recent acquisitions.

"We can't wait for the season to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West," Davis said Tuesday afternoon while promoting a youth camp he'll host in early August.

"We're doing everything, whether it's signing players, trading players ... whatever it is to just try to make sure that we try to be a winning organization," he added. "We have the tools right now to be successful. ... Right now, I think we look good on paper. So we've just got to figure it out" (see full story).

Magic: Afflalo returning to team on 1-year deal
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran guard Arron Afflalo.

The Magic and Afflalo came to agreement on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Afflalo averaged 8.4 points and shot 41 percent on 3-pointers last season for Sacramento. The 12-year veteran was a standout performer for the Magic for two seasons earlier in his career, from 2012-13 through 2013-14.

For his career, Afflalo has averaged 11.3 points and 3.0 rebounds for six different teams.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

Breaking down a hypothetical Nerlens Noel trade with the Trail Blazers

Breaking down a hypothetical Nerlens Noel trade with the Trail Blazers

Nerlens Noel's return to the Sixers' lineup on Sunday made an already crowded front-court situation tighter than a telephone booth. 

When at full health, the Sixers have three young centers who warrant starter-like minutes and a fourth, in Richaun Holmes, who has certainly done enough to earn consistent minutes off the bench. Add in Ersan Ilysova and Dario Saric, and things get even more complicated for Brett Brown and his distribution of minutes in the front court.

A trade involving either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor has seemed imminent since Embiid returned to full basketball activities over the summer, but here we are in mid-December with both centers still on the roster.

Of the two, Noel has long been seen as the center likely to be shipped out of town. He has voiced his displeasure with the Sixers' current logjam at center and is set to be a restricted free agent this summer. In contrast, Okafor has put his head down and is under team control on his rookie deal for the next two seasons. 

With a trade out there to be made, Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp floated around a hypothetical Noel deal involving the Portland Trail Blazers in which the Sixers would receive Allen Crabbe and a protected first-round pick.

"If the Blazers send Allen Crabbe and a protected first-round pick to the Sixers, this can work," Sharp wrote. "Philly needs Crabbe's shooting around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and they don't have to worry about the cap space Crabbe would occupy. Crabbe would likely sign off an opportunity to play 35 minutes per game on the east coast. 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo could declare victory after he finally lands a first-round pick for one of his big men. The Blazers would get short-term help up front, and potentially a long-term answer who can grow with Lillard and McCollum over the next several years. Who says no?"

On the heels of a surprisingly successful 44-38 season in 2015-16, the Blazers have stumbled through the first third of the season at 12-14. While their offense led by dynmaic guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum has been scorching hot, averaging 107.7 points per/100 possessions, opposing teams have been even hotter against them on the other end of the court. Portland currently carries the league's worst defense, which is allowing a 109.9 points per/100 possessions. 

That's where Noel comes into play. 

Noel averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.8 steals in over 30 minutes of action through his first two seaons in the league. During his rookie season, Noel anchored a Sixers defense that finished 13th, in terms of points per/100 possessions, despite the team only winning 18 games. 

"As a defensive counter to their offense, Nerlens could be deadly next to McCollum and Lillard," Sharp wrote. "He can play uptempo, he can rebound and protect the rim. Blazers games can be fun again. The environment with Lillard and Terry Stotts would be the inverse of everything he dealt with in Philadelphia, and the Blazers would have three months months to gauge the fit on and off the court."

The fit is definitely there, but the question for the Blazers is whether they are willing to commit big money to Noel beyond this season and, if they are, would it best suit them to simply wait to do so in the offseason rather than surrendering multiple valuable assets for him now. It's also important to note that Portland spent over $56 millon combined last offseason on centers Meyers Leonard and Festus Ezili, who has yet to play this season because of a knee injury. In addition, current starting center Mason Plumlee is also set be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

But, trading Crabbe would give the Blazers cap flexibility to be able to offer, or match, a contract to Noel this summer. Crabbe signed a four-year, $75 million offer sheet with the Nets this summer, which was later matched by the Blazers. Since he signed a new deal Crabbe can't be traded until Jan. 15 and he has the right to veto any trade this season because Portland matched his offer sheet with Brooklyn.

The fourth-year guard is currently averaging 9.7 points, while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. Crabbe's most attractive skill is his outside shooting, as he's already proven to be an above-average three-point shooter with a career clip of 39 percent. 

Given his age (24), shooting prowess and ability to play multiple positions on the wing, Crabbe would be a perfect fit in Philadelphia. His price may come off as steep for a role player, but, much like Robert Covington, his combination of shooting and defensive potential makes him a prototypical wing to play alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.  

Considering the lack of leverage Bryan Colangelo and Sixers currently have, Crabbe and a protected first-round pick would be a heck of a return for Noel.  

It's just questionable whether the Blazers would give up that kind of haul for a player they can attempt to sign this summer. 

NBA Notes: Trail Blazers match Allen Crabbe's offer sheet with Nets, re-sign Meyers Leonard

NBA Notes: Trail Blazers match Allen Crabbe's offer sheet with Nets, re-sign Meyers Leonard

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Meyers Leonard is staying in Portland and it appears Allen Crabbe is, too.

Leonard signed a contract to remain with the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the forward/center said he was excited to stay in Portland for four more years.

"The future is going to be bright with this team," Leonard said in a statement.

And Crabbe is set to be a part of it.

The Trail Blazers guard went to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to proclaim: "RIP CITY!"

The tweet looked to confirm reports that the Blazers had matched an offer by the Brooklyn Nets for the restricted free agent. The four-year, $75 million offer and Portland's match were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Crabbe averaged 10.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 81 games last season, his third with the team. The 6-foot-6 Los Angeles native was acquired in a 2013 draft day trade with Cleveland, which took him with the 31st overall pick out of California.

Heat: Team re-signs Haslem, matches Nets' offer sheet for Tyler Johnson
MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem is coming back for a 14th season in Miami, Tyler Johnson's move to Brooklyn is cancelled and a Heat roster that had plenty of holes a few days ago suddenly seems revamped.

Haslem signed a one-year deal worth $4 million -- significantly more than he originally expected -- on Sunday, the same day that Miami decided to match a $50 million, four-year offer sheet that Johnson received from the Nets. And in the span of a few hours, the Heat filled plenty of roster spots as they continued their offseason transition following the departure of Dwyane Wade to Chicago.

"For over a decade, Udonis has embodied what it means to wear the Miami Heat uniform," Heat President Pat Riley said. "He has been the pillar and constant of this organization, and is a true champion in every sense of the word. We are thrilled that Udonis is back to help impart his leadership and instill the Heat culture with his new teammates."

A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the decision about Johnson, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports, to The Associated Press.

It was a hectic Sunday for the Heat, who struck or completed deals with no fewer than six players. Shooting guard Wayne Ellington ($12 million for two years, second year unguaranteed) and forward James Johnson ($4 million for one year) signed their contracts. And the deal with forward Derrick Williams ($5 million for one year, terms of which were agreed upon late last week) became finalized as well. (see full story)

Grizzlies: Come to terms on three-year deal with Troy Daniels
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Troy Daniels and have agreed to terms with him on a three-year contract, according to tweets from the player and his representatives.

Priority Sports tweeted congratulations to Daniels on his three-year deal. Daniels confirmed in a tweet that "my journey will continue" with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The acquisition was first reported by Yahoo Sports, which said Daniels agreed to terms on a three-year, $10 million contract and came to Memphis in a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets. Daniels, 24, sent a tweet expressing his gratitude to Charlotte and calling the Hornets organization "first class."

Daniels, a 6-foot-4 guard from VCU, averaged 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 11.1 minutes in 43 games for Charlotte this past season.