Jun 26

Haynes: Numerous Teams Interested In Trading For Jamal Crawford

By caseyholdahl Posted in: JamalCrawford

Chris B. Haynes over at is reporting that several teams, including the Sixers, Timberwolves and Celtics, have interest in trading for Jamal Crawford:
The Portland Trail Blazers are fielding trade offers for guard Jamal Crawford and the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics are among the teams actively pursuing the scoring specialist intensely, a league source tells

Other teams who have shown diminutive interest are the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns according to a person familiar with the situation.
Crawford was set to become a free agent on June 15, but when Neil Olshey assumed the general manager position a few weeks ago, he and Crawford's camp bumped the deadline for Crawford to exercise his player option to June 29, one day after the draft. If Crawford is traded, that goes down as a very smart move by Olshey, and a very courteous thing for Crawford to do as well.

A week ago, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Crawford would decline his player option and become a free agent with Portland getting nothing in return. And when you sign a player to a two-year deal with a player option after the first year, you kind of expect that. So it would be gravy if the Trail Blazers were able to get ANYTHING in a trade for Crawford.


  1. With Buddinger going to the Wolves, it looks like we can take them off of that list, but the Celtics have two first-round picks and the Sixers may be looking for an insurance plan in case they can't re-sign Lou Williams.

    by DHawes22 on 6/26/2012 8:52 AM
  2. ill tell u this, if we can snatch another pick from boston for crawford, wed be in prime position to trade down- I would be ok with taking the risk with Drummond at that point, and trade down to 8? for Lillard- like that scenario

    by jamsmashers on 6/26/2012 9:03 AM
  3. I loved this move by Olshey the second he explained it. And props to JCrossover for being so pro about it.

    by sarahhecht on 6/26/2012 9:25 AM
  4. Hey Casey: Thank you for your blog. When I read it was a win win move at OR-Live, I started thinking of scenarios for all type of gaining Assets for future players.
    It doesn't necessarily have to be draft picks, it can be player trade also. like Crawford for Indy's Collison.

    Hey Miss Sarah, It is good to hear that you are still around and remember how to type. I did see you yesterday, I think doing the workouts LOL.

    by Hg on 6/26/2012 9:57 AM
  5. I also really liked the move by Olshey. I trust the direction he's going in. Jamal is an articulate, smart guy who I think did the right thing. He is and always was a natural 6 man. I don't blame him for the chaos that defined last season and wish him well. Hope he brings us some value in a trade and finds a fit for his skills. Now if we could only find a way to draft Robinson, I'd be thrilled!

    by riverman on 6/26/2012 10:25 AM
  6. I think most we're gonna get from this is likely some trade exception. He'll be a free agent in less than a week, and he's not the only shooter that hits the market. It makes no sense for any team out there to be so desperate to sign Crawford and therefore trade for him...

    But well, stranger things have happened... I didn't see a blessing like NJ's Gerald Wallace trade coming at all.

    by Choong Huh on 6/26/2012 11:26 AM
  7. Could be right about that Choong, but if he decides to pick up his player option, then you're probably talking about getting a bit more than an exception.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/26/2012 11:32 AM
  8. Choong Huh:
    The reason is that whoever we trade with gets his bird rights and they can sign him going over the cap space. as Portland can do with Batum and JJ.

    by Hg on 6/26/2012 12:06 PM
  9. @ riverman, u said everything for me :) Hahaha!

    @ Hg, love that you've been on board w/ Collison ;) I would b insanely happy IF all it took to pry away Collison from Indy was Jamal :) Even if it takes Jamal + a lil' more... WHOA baby! :D

    by Simpson on 6/26/2012 2:52 PM
  10. Crawford and #42 to Boston for either #21 or #22 and the second rounder they got today from OKC (Charlotte)

    by mbmurr1 on 6/26/2012 9:04 PM
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