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Report: Nets trade Allen Crabbe, No. 17 pick, protected 2020 1st-round pick to Hawks for Taurean Prince, 2021 2nd-round pick

Allen Crabbe, Taurean Prince

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly trading small forward Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and a protected first-round pick in 2020 to the Atlanta Hawks for swingman Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Nets are clearing $18 million in additional salary cap space for July, which gives them $46 million in salary cap space. Brooklyn is expected to go after Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this summer, with Irving looking like a real possibility. They also have D’Angelo Russell’s restricted free agency to address.

Allen Crabbe will make $18.5 million next season, the final year of his contract. He played in 43 games this season for the Nets and averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 36.7 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nets made the playoffs in 2018-19. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round in five games, but the future in Brooklyn is really bright with GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson leading the charge.

Taurean Prince played in 55 games this season for the Hawks. He put up 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists and shot 44.1 percent from the floor, 39.0 percent from the 3-point line and 81.9 percent from the charity stripe. Prince will make $3.48 million in 2019-20.

The Nets want to beat out the New York Knicks and other teams in free agency this offseason. Clearing cap space is the best way to accomplish that goal.