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The Blazers are high on Crabbe, but Leonard’s asking price in preseason extension talks gave them sticker shock. (The restricted free-agency thing is yet another reason to keep an eye on Boston, with both Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller ticking toward it).
Darren Wolfson: Newton’s first real test: whether to move Shabazz. Hear tonight Blazers, Suns, & Celtics kicking the tires. LAC still too, & more. #twolves – Kyle Ferreira: I hope Portland can get him. What do you think they would have to give up? – Darren Wolfson: Allen Crabbe, and Portland isn’t doing that. Most trades talked about NEVER happen. I see Shabazz staying.
The luxury of the Blazers’ January schedule was that it featured the longest home stand of the season, a 17-day, seven-game stretch that allowed up to 10 days of practice. Stotts and his staff spent the majority of that time working on recalibrating their defense. They started with 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills centered around defensive fundamentals, then built up to 5-on-5 scrimmaging. Part of the goal was to stimulate active hands and aggressive play, to have a “greater presence defensively,” Stotts said. There wasn’t an explicit design to create more physical play, but that ended up materializing organically. “We really went at each other,” Allen Crabbe said. “Even in competition games of 2-on-2 or 3-on-3, we went hard. It reinforced that we needed to be more aggressive.”
The Trail Blazers have informed Allen Crabbe his contract will be guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, CSNNW.com has learned. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. “It’s always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp,” Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. “I’ve got a clear mind just knowing that I’m going to be on the roster next year.”