By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks made a trade on Thursday. The Nets cleared enough space from this deal that they now have enough cap space to pursue two max players.
According to reports, soon-to-be free agent Kyrie Irving is reportedly seriously considering signing with the Nets. He cannot officially sign with the team — or any other team — until the league free agent window starts on June 30th at 6 pm.
The Nets traded Allen Crabbe, along with the No. 17 pick in the 2019 pick to the Hawks. In addition, Atlanta has received a 2020 protected lottery pick.
Brooklyn adds Taurean Price and a 2021 second-round pick.
By making this deal, the Nets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, cleared $18 million by making this deal. The Nets will reportedly have $46 million in cap space to sign a marquee free agent.
If they denounce their rights to restricted free agent D’Angelo Russell, the Nets will have their two max slots.
With this deal, the Hawks now have three draft picks in the Top 20 of the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. They have the No. 8, No. 10, and No. 17 picks.
In addition, their 2020 pick in next year’s draft is 1-14 protected.
The 27-year-old Los Angeles, California native made 43 appearances, including 20 starts this past season. He averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 26.3 minutes per game.
Crabbe spent the first four seasons of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers and the last two with the Hawks. He was acquired by the Nets in a July 25, 2017 deal for Andrew Nicholson.
The 25-year-old San Marcos, Texas native spent the last three seasons with the Hawks. This past season, he made 55 appearances, including 47 starts.
He averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 28.2 minutes per game.
Crabbe has one year left on his contract for the 2019-20 season. He is slated to make $18.5 million, before becoming a free agent in the Summer of 2020.
He had a 15% trade kicker but the $5,674,875 was waived as part of this deal.
Prince has one-year left on his deal. He is slated to make $3.4 million in 2019-20, before making $4.79 million in a qualifying offer for the 2020-21 season.
He is expected to be a restricted free agent following in the summer of 2020.