Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Nets trade Crabbe to Hawks for Prince

Nets trade Crabbe to Hawks for Prince

Those are the projections of the Nets' cap space with and without D'Angelo Russell's $21.1 million cap hold and the reason Marks made this deal. By trading Crabbe's massive contract, Brooklyn is opening up about $18 million more in cap space it can use to sign free agents.

Brooklyn is being viewed as a potentially significant player in free agency this summer, with Kyrie Irving being the most notable name linked to the Nets.

Because they're another team with money, a new road has essentially been opened for free agents to take.

Irving and Durant have been viewed as a potential package deal for a while.

However, the Nets' dream scenario would be to land Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant in addition to Irving, Wojnarowski adds.

"It's a possibility (Irving and Durant sign with the Nets)".

Not surprisingly it's unlikely in a top-loaded draft for there to be a realistic chance of the Hawks turning their current picks into one of the coveted top-three picks, not with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. And since that's unlikely, the Nets will likely go about their own business without getting too much in the Clippers' way. The Los Angeles Lakers have room for one max contract, LeBron James, although the appeal of playing with him may not be what it once was. Brooklyn also still has the 27th and 31st picks in this year's draft. And thanks to some luck in the National Basketball Association draft lottery, they also have the No. 4 overall pick to possibly use in a trade, with Davis again looming large.

If the Nets' 2020 first-round pick falls in the protected range (picks No. 1 through 14) in 2020, Atlanta will get the Nets' lottery-protected first-round pick in 2021, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

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