Nets trade Allen Crabbe and two first-round picks to Hawks

Vincent Frank
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The Brooklyn Nets are already gearing up for what promises to be a festive summer in the Big Apple.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets have traded high-priced wing Allen Crabbe, the 17th overall pick in this month’s NBA Draft and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick.

Linked to Kyrie Irving and other top-end free agents, it’s rather clear that the Nets are attempting to do here.

Crabbe, 27, is set to count $18.5 million against the cap next season. Meanwhile, Prince has just $3.48 million owed to him.

Essentially, the Nets have saved $15 million against the cap. That enabled them to open up a spot for a second max-contract player in free agency.