The Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves to be a major player once free agency opens on June 30.
Brooklyn traded Allen Crabbe, the 17th pick in this year’s NBA Draft and a future protected first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Taurean Prince and a future second-round pick.
Crabbe is due $18.5 million for next season after picking up the player option on his four-year, $74.8 million dollar contract he signed back in 2016 with Portland.
Moving his salary now gives Brooklyn the possibility of creating two max slots to pursue Kyrie Irving and another free agent to pair together on a team that is on the rise in the Eastern Conference.
They could also look to pair up Russell and Irving in the backcourt which would be interesting considering that they’re both ball-dominant point guards.
As for Atlanta, they obtain another first-round pick which gives them three within the top 20 selections in the NBA Draft which is two weeks away. They’ve already been linked to potentially moving up to the third overall selection in a trade with the New York Knicks but that was just a rumor.
The Hawks will be a team to watch on draft night with those picks and could make a huge splash to improve their young core which already includes Trae Young and John Collins.