Canadian forward Andrew Nicholson was drafted 19th overall by the Orlando Magic in 2012 and after a less than inspiring four years, it must have felt like he hit the jackpot when the Wizards signed him as a free agent to a four year $26 million contract last summer.
It all fell apart in Washington, however, as he had only played in 28 games by the All-Star break when he was traded to Brooklyn for Bojan Bogdanovic in a multi-player deal. Only seeing action in 10 games with the Nets wasn’t a good sign either and he’s become trade ballast in yet another deal, this time headed to Portland for Allen Crabbe.
A Blazers: Andrew Nicholson.
A Nets: Allen Crabbe. pic.twitter.com/QvH5o4yiMQ
— NBA (@NBA_Fotos10) July 25, 2017
Luxury tax savings was the only thing on the Trail Blazers minds and Nicholson will be stretched and waived for the big time savings.
Blazers projected payroll reduction in Allen Crabbe – Andrew Nicholson trade/stretch (2017-18): $16M salaries + $38M tax = $55M total.
— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 25, 2017
$2.8M cap hit on the Andrew Nicholson contract for the next 7 years. https://t.co/ItXojipXMq
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 25, 2017
All this means is Nicholson still gets his money and will be a free agent once again this summer who can sign with any team that will have him in the NBA or overseas.
The 6’9 250 lb forward averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 15.1 minutes in 247 games with the Magic and steadily improved his three-point shooting to 36 percent on 2.0 attempts per game in his fourth season.
The move to Washington was a disaster, but someone should give this potential stretch-four a second chance.