On February 29, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Allen Crabbe agreed on a contract buyout. As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Even though he’s faltered in recent years, Crabbe is a guard capable of scoring the ball. Isn’t that what the Los Angeles Lakers require?
Well-known for his later years with the Portland Trail Blazers between 2013-17, Allen Crabbe started making a name for himself in NBA circles as being a reliable scorer off the bench.
After impressing in his earlier years with the franchise, Crabbe found himself rewarded by the Trail Blazers with a lucrative 4-year, $75 million contract. This was followed by averages of 10.3 and 10.7 points in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns, respectively. In the latter he shot 44% from 3-point land, through 79 contests.
This led to a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. In his first season in Brooklyn he posted career-highs in points per game (13.2), rebounds per game (4.3), and assists per game (1.6). But his numbers have gone downhill since.
Crabbe found himself last suiting up for the Timberwolves, however he did start the season with the Atlanta Hawks. Where he was traded in a salary dump from the Nets last summer.
This season he is averaging 4.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists, in 37 games. Now, the 27-year-old finds himself searching for his fourth team in just two years.
But the question remains, could the Lakers be interested in Crabbe’s services? The answer is, possibly.
Crabbe is a player that can heat-up at any time from a scoring standpoint. He may not be a ball handler, but can operate as a catch-and-shoot scorer, and at times, a creator.
Rewinding back to scoring, he boasts a career average of 38.9% from beyond the arc and has twice had 40% plus 3-point shooting seasons. However, the Los Angeles native does only possess a 6-foot-5 frame and would come with his defensive frailties.
Would Allen Crabbe provide much-more from a skill-set viewpoint than Quinn Cook or Troy Daniels? Maybe not. It can be seen why the purple and gold may have a lingering eye over Crabbe, but he probably wouldn’t improve the roster much, if at all.
The Lakers may be best off staying put, or exploring Dion Waiters, which it appears like they are.
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