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Report: Blazers Intend to Match Offers for Allen Crabbe

TNT's David Aldridge says the Trail Blazers are aiming to keep their young guard.

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UPDATE (2:09 PM, Jul 1): Crabbe has changed his representation from Sam Goldfeder to Aaron Mintz and Ty Sullivan, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Jason Quick of CSNNW notes that Mintz also represents Trail Blazers RFA Meyers Leonard:

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Allen Crabbe became a restricted free agent as the NBA's annual Free Agency period opened on Thursday night. According to TNT's David Aldridge, the Blazers don't intend to let their young guard go anywhere.

Since Crabbe is restricted, the Blazers have the right to match any offer sheet he ties with another team. The Blazers will have more cap space if he refrains from doing so. His current cap hold counts only $2.75 million against Portland's cap, allowing them space to sign other free agents. If he signs an offer from another team, Portland's cap would be burdened with that offer amount unless they let Crabbe go. Announcements like this may be intended to discourage other teams from making such offers, as they'll perceive the effort wasted.

The 6'6", 24-year-old shooting guard just completed his third season with the Blazers. He averaged 10 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 39% from the three-point arc in 81 appearances, 26 minutes per game.