Hawks Now Have Pick Flexibility To Move Up In NBA Draft

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The Nets will deal him along with two first-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that will clear additional salary cap space, possibly putting themselves in position to afford two top free agents.

Crabbe on Thursday was traded by the Nets to the Atlanta Hawks for Taurean Prince in a salary dump. He can not officially sign with the team - or any other team - until the league free agent window starts on June 30th at 6 pm.

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Irving, a New Jersey native, has been heavily linked to the Nets in recent weeks, with Brooklyn reportedly emerging as the frontrunner to sign the All-Star point guard. The same will also happen in 2022 if the pick is still lottery protected in 2021, though after that, it will convert to two second-round picks.

Durant has been associated with the Knicks since the early parts of the season, but according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, he's hearing that KD hasn't made a decision on whether he'll go to NY or not. 8, 10 and 17. If Prince continues to develop, he could also be brought back considering the Nets will receive his bird rights. The team could try to package the picks together in a trade to move up in the Draft.

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Crabbe averaged 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 43 games for the Brooklyn Nets over the course of the 2018-19 regular season. By trading Crabbe's massive contract, Brooklyn is opening up about $18 million more in cap space it can use to sign free agents.

Prince, a first-round pick in 2016, averaged 13.5 points last season.

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If the Nets were to land both free agents, it would become a championship-caliber roster. Of course, with the anticipation of this offseason, that won't satisfy the Knicks fans clamoring for a free-agent gold mine.