Trail Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe to Nets for Andrew Nicholson

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2017

FILE - In this April 6, 2017, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Portland, Ore. It is clear to Crabbe, and just about everyone else who is watching, that Portland's bench needs to do more against the Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)
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The Portland Trail Blazers traded guard Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Andrew Nicholson, the Nets announced.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the deal.

Per Wojnarowski, the Blazers will waive Nicholson once the deal becomes official. Doing so will saddle Portland with a $2.8 million cap hit over the next seven years, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

The trade provides Portland with financial flexibility, as Crabbe still has three years remaining on his contract with an annual average salary of over $18.7 million, per Spotrac.

Brooklyn signed Crabbe to an offer sheet last year, which was matched by the Blazers. According to Wojnarowski, the teams had to wait one year after the offer sheet was matched to make a deal involving Crabbe.

Crabbe also reportedly waived his trade kicker as part of the transaction.

The 25-year-old Crabbe was a second-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of California in 2013, and he was immediately dealt to Portland.

Last season was Crabbe's best in the NBA as he averaged a career-high 10.7 points per game to go along with 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

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He also shot 46.8 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc, both of which were personal bests.

Crabbe will join a rebuilding Nets team for which he could potentially start after almost exclusively coming off the bench in Portland.

The 27-year-old Nicholson was a first-round pick by the Orlando Magic out of St. Bonaventure in 2012.

During his five-year NBA career, he has played for the Magic, Washington Wizards and Nets, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.

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