Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said Friday he and Blazers ownership deliberately waited until the third and final day of the matching period on Allen Crabbe to "punish" the Nets. Reading between the lines, it appears that Portland knew it would match on Crabbe, but held off until just before the end of the three-day deadline to inform the Nets ... and Crabbe.
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"It was definitely a stressful free agency, not for the fact that we got the contract but not knowing where I was going to be," Crabbe said. "I knew how much Portland valued me. But they waited until the third day, the last day."
"That was to punish the (Nets) not you," Olshey quickly interjected.
Olshey did build up the drama a little bit, something he's done before in a situation he referenced Friday with DeAndre Jordan during his time with the Clippers.
"I got the phone call from Neil, he didn’t straight up say we are matching, he built up the story," Crabbe told reporters. "He told me we were going to match."
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Sean Marks was very aggressive in constructing an offer sheet that he hoped would cause the Blazers to think twice before matching.
The Nets loaded up Crabbe's offer sheet with a variety of disincentives for Portland and owner Paul Allen to match, starting with the $75 million contract, but also payment advances, a trade kicker, performance bonuses that are unlikely with the Nets, but likely with the Blazers (like wins), etc. Not to mention how it would effect the Blazers team balance going forward.
Still, with all that, Allen decided to pay the piper and deny the Nets the player they had hoped to start next to Jeremy Lin.
Tendering an offer sheet for a player ties up cap space for three days, limiting a team's flexibility to move on other deals. However, the Nets had so much cap space it didn't matter that much.
It's the second time in a week where a GM of a another team has indicated an unhappiness with the Nets use of offer sheets to sign restricted free agents. Pat Riley made it clear last weekend that Micky Arison, the Heat owner, made the decision to match the Nets $50 million offer sheet on Tyler Johnson. "Micky said, 'You're not poaching any of my guys,' " Riley related, recalling a conversation Arison had with Nets brass.
As for Marks, he has not regrets. "We didn't get the two guys we put offer sheets on, but that's O.K.," said Marks on Wednesday. "We obviously knew we were doing the right thing because their teams matched. So that was something there."