This was obvious.
Allen Crabbe, coming off a down season plagued by injuries, decided to take his $18.5 million player option rather than test the market. He chose wisely.
Crabbe played in just 43 games for the Nets this season, and wasn’t that great when he did. He had an injured ankle back during training camp and never really found a groove yearly, had a stretch where he wasn’t bad and seemed to be finding his stride, then bruised his right knee in a fall mid-December, missed 25 games, played a few but missed a lot more time with a sore knee, which he eventually had arthroscopic surgery on in early April. He averaged 7.7 points on 36.7 percent shooting last season.
The reason he is getting paid so much is Nets GM Sean Marks — Brooklyn made an oversized offer to Crabbe (back when he was playing well) to try and poach him from Portland, but the Trail Blazers matched. Then a year later traded Crabbe to the Nets anyway.
Maybe Crabbe can get healthy and contribute to the Nets next season — not at the level he’s getting paid for, but at least pitch in — however, the more likely scenario is they try to trade him this summer. He would either be part of a larger deal or a sweetener of some kind (at that price a first-round pick, most likely) would have to be attached to get someone to take on Crabbe. He also could be stretched and waived, although the Nets don’t likely want that dead money on their books going forward.