Crabbe needs to have a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot repaired. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the release adds.
Crabbe is one of the premier sixth men in the league — and one of the more expensive reserves on any team’s roster. In 79 games this past season which includes seven starts, Crabbe averaged 10.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG and 1.2 APG. His shooting was highly efficient — 48.8% overall and 44.4% from long range.
No timetable was offered by the club for Crabbe’s recovery, though he obviously has nearly five months to get back by training camp. A league source told ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes that Crabbe is expected to be ready by the start of the season (Twitter link).
The Blazers made a huge investment in Crabbe when they matched the Nets’ four-year, $75MM offer sheet last summer after he hit the market as a restricted free agent. He’s due to make $19.33MM next season and $18.5MM in 2018/19. The final year of the deal, in which he’s also scheduled to receive $18.5MM, includes a player option.
Crabbe’s injury situation could make it even more difficult for a team heavily invested in its current roster to make moves this season.