Basketball fans will remember Allen Crabbe, a sharpshooting wing, for his part in the gold rush of 2016. That summer the salary cap took a drastic leap as new television money rolled in, leading to such outrageous outcomes as Kevin Durant signing with the 73-win Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers backing up the Brink’s truck for former Cavaliers Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng.
It was also the summer that Allen Crabbe got paid. The Brooklyn Nets had a lot of money to spend and nothing to do with it, so they signed some restricted free-agent offer sheets. One of those was for Crabbe, who went from bench shooting guard to highly overpaid bench shooting guard when the Portland Trail Blazers matched his four-year, $75 million offer sheet.
The deal immediately became an albatross, and the Blazers essentially dumped him on the Nets a year later, who kept him for two seasons before dumping him on the Atlanta Hawks. Crabbe was a 38.7 percent career shooter from deep who couldn’t stick around in the league past the age of 27 due to injuries and a degrading jumper.
It could have been the Cleveland Cavaliers right in the middle of all of that drama, as they were the team to originally draft Allen Crabbe with the 31st pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. They promptly traded him to the Trail Blazers for a pair of future second-round picks, letting another team deal with the roller coaster ahead.