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The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a trade that will send shooting guard Allen Crabbe and the No. 17 overall draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for small forward Taurean Prince, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
In moving Crabbe’s $18.5 million contract, the Nets will have the salary-cap space to sign two maximum-salaried free agents this summer, Wojnarowski noted.
One such potential free agent is Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been linked to both the Nets and New York Knickls.
According to Wojnarowski, Irving shares a “strong” mutual interest with the Nets.
“Brooklyn’s dream scenario is to lure Irving and Golden State’s Kevin Durant to the franchise,” Wojnarowski reported.
There is also the possibility that the Nets could pair Irving or Durant with restricted free agent guard D’Angelo Russell.
Meanwhile, the Hawks now have three first-rounders — Nos. 8, 10 and 17. They could potentially use the three picks to try to move up in the draft, Wojnarowski reported.
Crabbe, 27, averaged 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds this past season. His contract comes off the books at the end of 2019-20, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Prince, 25, averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and was often charged with defending the opposing team’s best wing player. His contract calls for him to make $3.4 million next season, with a team option of $4.7 million for 2020-21.
As noted by Wojnarowski, the trade cannot be official until July 6.