The Nets threw a four-year, $75 million offer sheet at Crabbe last summer, but the Trail Blazers opted to match, a decision the team may ultimately have regretted. Tuesday's deal lends credence to that notion, as the move essentially amounts to a salary dump. Portland is expected to waive Nicholson in short order and will use the stretch provision to spread out the three years and roughly $20 million remaining on his contract. For Crabbe, the trade represents an opportunity to step into a larger role, albeit for a young team likely to struggle again next season. In 2016-17, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. He'll have a good chance to start at small forward for Brooklyn, which has the cap room to absorb his hefty contract outright, and will also see minutes at shooting guard.
Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.
Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.
Crabbe will undergo a procedure to repair a stress reaction in his left foot, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
The Blazers made the announcement via a team release Monday, which indicated that the surgery will take place Thursday in New York City. It's unclear when, exactly, the stress reaction occurred, but it may have been during an April 6 win over the Timberwolves, as Crabbe missed the following three contests -- Portland's final three regular season games -- with what the team deemed "soreness" in his left foot. While Crabbe played at least 22 minutes in all four of the Blazers' first round series games against Golden State, he was unable to find a groove, finishing with averages of just 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the series. Crabbe, one of the league's better three-point shooters, hit just 3-of-13 attempts from beyond the arc against Golden State. The injury likely impacted his performance, but it's unknown whether Crabbe or the team had knowledge that it would require surgery. Regardless, expect Crabbe to require several weeks to recover, though his availability for the start of next season shouldn't be in much, if any, jeopardy.
Crabbe (foot) provided six points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 24 minutes in a 110-81 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday in Game 2 of the series.
Crabbe has played in both of the Trail Blazers' first two playoff games after being listed on the injury report with left foot soreness heading into both contests, but he has yet to make his mark off the bench. He's shot a combined 4-for-15 from the field and 1-for-8 from three-point range in those games, leaving Portland wanting for scoring beyond its top two stars, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Crabbe (foot) is probable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Warriors, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.
Crabbe, who went 1-for-5 across 22 minutes during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, returned to the floor after left foot soreness caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season. He saw less than his season average of 28.5 minutes per game and couldn't seem to get a rhythm, possibly still bothered by his injury. As of now, the Trail Blazers are listing him as probable, though we should get another update on Crabbe's availability after Wednesday morning's shootaround.
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