The Portland Trail Blazers have matched the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, 75 million offer sheet that restricted free agent Allen Crabbe signed this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The Portland Trail Blazers have matched Allen Crabbe's four-year, $75M offer sheet with Brooklyn, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2016
So, now what? This news comes on the heels of the apparent “whispers” that the Miami Heat are leaning towards matching Tyler Johnson, another restricted free agent that the Nets signed to an offer sheet the day before Crabbe. Far into free agency at this point, the Nets are left with little to say but a whole lot of cap space, about 33 million to be exact.
With most of the premier players off the board, general manager Sean Marks will have to dig into his mysterious Plan B. As offered by yesterday’s Summer League opener that included the majority of the Nets will-be roster, minus Brook Lopez, the young players are talented, but certainly a far distance from any successful measure.
Might they be interested in a reclamation project like Lance Stephenson? Or, if the Heat do match Johnson, could they make a run at Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dion Waiters? Whatever the Nets do next, they must not settle or get panicked — can Marks pull another rabbit out of his hat?