Update: Sam Amick of USA Today has said that reports of the offer sheet are premature. So, for now, we wait:
The reported Allen Crabbe offer sheet agreement with Brooklyn is being refuted. He has meetings coming on the 5th, I'm told.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2016
Update 2: Marc Spears from ESPN says that Allen Crabbe still has a free agent meeting set for Tuesday.
Blazers free agent guard Allen Crabbe has free agent meeting set up on Tuesday, a source told @TheUndefeated.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 3, 2016
The Brooklyn Nets will sign Allen Crabbe to a 4-year offer sheet worth 70 million, reports respected European hoops writer David Pick — and the best part? He says the Portland Trail Blazers will not match.
Source: Brooklyn, Allen Crabbe agree 4-year, $70 million deal. Portland will not match.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 3, 2016
Of course, Crabbe is still an unrestricted free agent and the Trail Blazers can’t possibly decline matching until July 7th — but this comes as big, and surprising, news nonetheless. After losing out on targets like Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons, it was rumored that the Portland would match any offer sheet — however, with their hard pursuit of Pau Gasol things have obviously changed.
The 6’4 guard averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists over 26 minutes per game in 2015-2016 — but also shot 39.5% from behind the arc in an electric Portland offense. He’ll join big-time moneymakers Jeremy Lin and, potentially, Tyler Johnson as guards that the Nets have acquired this week alone. If the Trail Blazers end up not matching, it’ll be a massive haul for the Nets in just a few days, as that list also includes Justin Hamilton and Trevor Booker.
If Miami and Portland both do not match, fingers crossed, then the Nets will have a massive logjam at the guard positions as they’d have seven (!!) potential players there. Ruling out Tyler Johnson, Jeremy Lin, Caris LeVert, and Isaiah Whitehead — could that mean that Markel Brown or Bojan Bogdanovic are on their way out?