Nets trade Crabbe to Hawks, clear space for Kyrie pursuit

Nets trade Crabbe to Hawks, clear space for Kyrie pursuit

With this move, the team will be able to sign two of those guys this offseason.

According to the report, they will receive a 2021 second-round pick while sending the Hawks their first-rounder, 17th overall, in the draft later this month and a lottery-protected first-rounder in 2020.

"But it takes a level of confidence three weeks out from free agency to give up two first round picks to clear the cap space you need to have two max spots".

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The deal essentially creates enough cap space for the Brooklyn Nets to acquire two max players (or one and re-up D'Angelo Russel), setting themselves up to be huge players in this summer's free agency rush. 8, 10 and 17.

In return, the Atlanta Hawks willingly ate Crabbe's bloated salary to continue building up their enormous stockpile of draft picks.

The 27-year-old spent the first four years of his career with Portland. He averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 39% from 3-point range for Atlanta in 2018-19, his third season in the National Basketball Association. And if that player happens to be Kevin Durant, well, the Nets' future is looking quite promising from where everything stands now. As discussed earlier this week on Rip City Project, last season Prince was a threat to hit the deep ball whenever he was on the court, hitting 39 percent of his three-pointers on 5.7 attempts per game. 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. However, if they strike out on the reigning two-time Finals MVP, they will have one of the most disappointing offseasons in franchise history, because that would mean that free agents don't believe in the competence of their front office.

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