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Aldridge: Brooklyn Nets pushing for Allen Crabbe, but will Portland Blazers match?

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

No surprise here: The Nets, as first reported by Ian Begley, are pushing for restricted free agent Allen Crabbe of theTrail Blazers. The big question is whether Portland will match a big offer from Brooklyn. The detail of the Nets offer have yet to be reported.

Crabbe had a breakout season last year in Portland, often teaming up with Damian Lillard.  Crabbe shot 39.3 percent from three-point range, and averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists off the bench.  In two previous seasons in Portland, Crabbe had averaged a little more than three points a game, but he's always been a strong shooter from deep.

In an interview at the end of last season, Crabbe had expressed interest in returning to the Pacific Northwest but made no commitments.

"Obviously Portland has my rights. (I) definitely wouldn't mind coming back and playing with them next year, but just gonna have to wait and see. ... I think it'll be pretty exciting."

Oliver Maroney of @KOSportsShow thinks Crabbe is worth around $15-17 million.

At 24 years old with signs of improvement, Crabbe is the kind of player the Nets are likely to pursue ... and pay.  If he works out, the Nets would have a player under contract through age 28, at the top of his game.