The Brooklyn Nets have acquired guard/forward Allen Crabbe from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson. Crabbe joins the Nets after spending the first four seasons of his NBA career with Portland. In 226 games (24 starts), the 25-year-old Crabbe has registered averages of 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.8 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland has traded Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn for Andrew Nicholson, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland will waive and stretch Nicholson’s contract, league source tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Portland will see their current luxury tax bill drop from $48.3M to $4.4M with the Allen Crabbe trade to Brooklyn. The Trail Blazers now have $122.2M in salary and are $2.9M below the luxury tax. The Trail Blazers currently project to save $60M in salary and taxes for 2017-18.
Bobby Marks: Brooklyn is now $3.5M (or at the cap when you factor in the $3M Randy Foye hold) under the salary cap after the acquisition of Allen Crabbe. The contract of Crabbe is $19.3M, $18.5M and a player option of $18.5M in 2019-20. The Nets still project to have $18M in room next summer and could increase to $30M if Jeremy Lin opts-out of his $12.5M contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Washington’s Marcus Thornton joins Nicholson in the trade package to Brooklyn.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Nets are sending Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Wizards for Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick, sources tell @The Vertical.
Two other names to watch from Orlando today are forward Andrew Nicholson and guard Shabazz Napier. Both are believed to be available – with Nicholson’s camp pushing for a deal somewhere the big man can get more playing time. Over the last seven games, Nicholson has logged a combined 28 minutes and is headed toward free agency this summer.
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April 19, 2019 | 5:16 am EDT Update
Embiid is questionable for Game 4 on Sunday. “It’s tough,” Embiid said before Thursday’s game when asked about his health. “That’s what tendinitis is all about. And some days you got your days, and some other days is different. So, even in the games that I play, I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys. I try to help us win the series and eliminate them. So, whatever, whatever I can do. But it’s hard. I just got to keep pushing it and see how it goes.”
“He said it yesterday, he’s Kevin Durant. He showed everybody who Kevin Durant is,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Was this was Kerr expected out of his star following a rough outing in Game 2? “Ya. He’s a two-time Finals MVP coming off a poor performance, this is what happens.”
Lou Williams on KD: “He’s a top 3 player in this league & he made those statements w/confidence. Only thing I’m disappointed about is he announced his self before he even got here& we didn’t come prepared.”
Warriors forward Kevin Durant is optimistic that his third technical foul of the playoffs, which he was assessed in Thursday’s Game 3 win over the Clippers, will be rescinded. “Hopefully they rescind that one because I don’t want somebody to think somebody is in my head, that’s why I got that tech,” Durant said. “I just want to get that out of the way because I don’t want to jeopardize my team in the future.”