Training camp has begun and the rumors continue to swirl. As Brian Lewis noted in his pre-training camp piece, the biggest potential storyline for the Nets isn’t even here, alluding to the latest rumors about Jimmy Butler requesting a trade to three teams — one being the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have made trades since Sean Marks took over, but none at that level. It’s the biggest headline around the NBA and scenarios have been mapped out by several reporters - who and what kind of a player a team wants, how salaries match, etc.
One of the names that continue to come up in trade talks is Allen Crabbe. Crabbe, 26, was traded to the Nets last year. He’s set to make a total of $37 million over the next two years and might be an optimal piece to match a contract like Butler’s.
He was asked whether the rumors have become a distraction for him or his teammates.
“Not really. We haven’t heard too much talk. Honestly, guys are not really talking about it. At the end of the day for me, I could really care less. My job is to come here each and every day and continue to work hard and continue to get better,” said Crabbe after the first day of Training Camp.
Despite playing just one season with the team, Crabbe has shown that he’s a consummate professional. He shows up for work and obliges by what his peers want him to do. When things go bad, he hardly points fingers at others.
He understands the business having been traded once already, thus he explains why it’s out of his control among the rest of the guys on the team.
“That’s something that’s really out of my hands. I can’t make those decisions. My job is to come in here and compete every day. Get better each and every day. As long as I have a Brooklyn Nets jersey on, it’s about us. It’s about us continuing to get better and working on things and accomplishing those goals that we have set for ourselves for the season.”
Marks has made it clear in the past that he’d like to be transparent with his players. It’s part of what he’s doing here — the little things that go a long way with players and their agents. Crabbe hasn’t heard anything... yet.
He explained: “I feel secure and I feel like if anything did come up or if there is anything floating around, I’m pretty sure they’ll pull me aside or they’ll notify my agent about it. But I haven’t heard anything. Like I said, I can’t really worry about that. It’s a business. At the end of the day, I understand that. Just got to come here and work every day.”
Crabbe has said nothing but good things about the Brooklyn Nets organization since being traded here last season. He even helped recruit Shabazz Napier and Ed Davis, two former teammates of his.
It’s the hot topic in Brooklyn right now, but all of this might be moot should Butler land elsewhere before the season starts. The latest rumors indicate he’s most interested in Miami.