Report: Nets Trade Allen Crabbe, Pair Of 1st-Round Picks To Hawks

Deal Frees Up Enough Cap Room For 2 Max Free Agents
June 06, 2019 - 5:15 pm

The Nets reportedly moved Allen Crabbe and his $18.5 million salary Thursday, clearing enough cap space to make a run at two max-level free agents. Meanwhile, there is strong mutual interest between Brooklyn and Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, the same report said.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets agreed to deal Crabbe, the 17th overall pick in this month's draft and a protected first-rounder in 2020 to the Atlanta Hawks for forward Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing league sources.

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The Nets now have $46 million available under the salary cap, enough to land two max-level free agents. Wojnarowksi tweeted that the Nets "are serious about beating the Knicks -- and rest of league -- to the biggest free agents in the marketplace." He also reported that league sources say Brooklyn's dream scenario is to sign Irving and Golden State's Kevin Durant. If that doesn't pan out, the Nets could look to pair a top free agent with D'Angelo Russell, who is set to become a restricted free agent.

Crabbe, 27, played in 43 games last season (20 starts) and averaged 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early April and missed the Nets' playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Allen Crabbe
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The Nets acquired Crabbe in a July 2017 trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. A year earlier, Brooklyn signed Crabbe, then a restricted free agent, to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet, which Portland matched. 

The Utah Jazz selected Prince, now 25, with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft and immediately traded him to Atlanta, where he spent three seasons. In 55 games this past season, the 6-foot-8 small forward averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Prince will earn $3.48 million next season and become a restricted free agent next summer.

The Nets still own the 27th overall pick in this year's draft. The 2020 first-round pick Brooklyn is sending to Atlanta is protected to the 14th pick.