While the NBA Finals might be dominating the basketball world right now, the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets couldn’t resist getting in on the action.
According to multiple NBA sources, the Nets agreed to flip guard Allen Crabbe, the number 17 pick in this year’s draft, and a protected first-round pick in the 2020 draft in exchange for Taurean Prince and a 2021 draft selection in the second round.
For Brooklyn, this move is about moving away Crabbe’s expensive contract in hopes of a big free agent spending spree this summer.
After moving away the $18.5 million that Crabbe is owed for next season, the Nets now have the ability to sign two max free agents on the market this summer.
Brooklyn has long been seen as a potential landing spot for free agent names such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
The Hawks, despite taking on a big salary cap hit with the acquisition of Crabbe, are in a position to reap the rewards of this trade. Atlanta will add two first round picks, which will be used to help the Hawks continue to work towards a rebuild.
It’s a win-win for both teams, and should help each one move closer to its goals.