The official start of free agency is near, and Allen Crabbe of the Portland Trail Blazers is someone who will most likely be getting a nice chunk of change this offseason. Not just because of the rise in the salary cap, either.
Nets Sign Allen Crabbe – July 7
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Brooklyn Nets have signed Allen Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million deal. Portland has three days to match the offer, and Woj also noted how Crabbe’s deal features incentives that can raise the payday to $83 million along with a player option for year four and a trade kicker.
Multiple Teams Interested In Crabbe – June 29
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Sacramento Kings are all looking at Crabbe this summer. All three of those teams are deprived of a decent shooting guard, and Crabbe could fit the mold for any of them. In his third season with Portland, the 6-6 sharpshooter had his best year to date and improved his game considerably. He got playing time in all but one game for the Blazers, and averaged 10.3 points and shot 39.3 percent from three in 26 minutes per game.
On a roster that was centered around Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Crabbe thrived as a third option and was incredible as a spot-up shooter. Both McCollum and Lillard are adept at getting into the paint and forcing the defense to collapse, allowing their shooters to get great looks, and Crabbe was as knockdown as they come.
The former Cal Golden Bear shot roughly 47 percent on threes off of passes from Lillard and McCollum, according to Synergy Sports; on all catch-and-shoot opportunities, Crabbe was at 42.2 percent, ahead of guys like Kevin Durant, Paul George, and Bradley Beal.
Although he was mainly a floor-spacer in Portland’s system, Crabbe showed a small sample size of his ability to get to, and finish at, the rim. Over the past two seasons, Allen finished almost 75% of his shots inside the restricted area, according to Basketball-Reference. He may not attempt many shots around the basket, but you can have confidence in him when he does.