Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets offered large contracts to restricted free agents Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson. Unfortunately they lost out on both.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Brooklyn Nets lost out on restricted free agent targets Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson. Per Woj, the Blazers matched Crabbe’s offer sheet and the Heat matched Johnson’s.

The Nets were aggressive in free agency, offering large contracts to two young and  unproven players. New general manager Sean Marks took an unorthodox approach in his first offseason. Knowing that he wouldn’t be able to attract any top flight talents, he decided to pay more than market value for younger players and hope their teams wouldn’t match.

It was a risky strategy that didn’t pay off, but it was worth it.

Both Crabbe and Johnson had breakout seasons in 2015-16 and Crabbe likely would’ve been the starter at shooting guard. Losing out on both players hurts what was shaping up to be a promising offseason in Brooklyn.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.