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Knicks making effort to acquire Jamal Crawford in sign-and-trade

Dec 11, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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Donnie Walsh said in the press conference announcing his departure from the Knicks’ president job that the team’s objective was to build supporting players around Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. He acknowledged the difficulty of that given the salary constraints of having two stars, but also made it clear that it wasn’t about a third star, but about support for those two. And yet, talks continued regarding the possible acquisition of Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. But when the Knicks landed Tyson Chandler in a sign-and-trade, it became apparent that they have a commitment to actually building an entire team.

That approach is continuing on Sunday, as the Knicks are pursuing a three-team sign-and-trade to acquire Jamal Crawford from the Hawks, according to the New York Post.  Toney Douglas is one piece leaving for New York in the talks.

So is Crawford a seamless fit? Absolutely not. The Knicks need a pure-point creator, a low-usage guy who can run the offense, not turn it over, and create shots for other players. Crawford is very much none of those things. He’s a high-usage scorer who does not have terrific playmaking abilities. He’s 31-years-old and his defense has never been excellent.

But he played decent enough defense in Atlanta, and he makes a high-octane offense that much better. The sign-and-trade will get Crawford the kind of money he wants, or at least more than he would have made getting the MLE from New York. He can handle the ball and he’s going to be killer on kickout when a double comes versus Melo or STAT.

There’s a lot to question about this move, but New York’s limited in its options, it’s a weak year for point guards, and Crawford’s one of the best left on the market. New York doesn’t have a solid all-around team (their bench will be an absolute nightmare), but they’ve done what they said. They’re building around the two stars.


  1. leearmon - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Exactly how good was Miami’s, Chicago’s and Orlando’s benches last season? If Crawford is NY’s 6th man, with Shumpert/and or Bibby coming off the pine too, that doesnt sound like too much of a “nightmare” to me, or most other Eastern Conference teams.

    • helinhater - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Uhhh…Chicago had arguably the best and deepest bench in the league…

      So good point? Or not at all.

      • tk41 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        Chicago’s bench was what made that team so successful despite losing Noah & Boozer for extended stretches of time. DRose is amazing, but he can’t win every game by himself. The Knicks starters will be able to hang with any team, but when those guys are taking a breather, they’re going to get killed.

    • Josh Perez - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      Yes because Bibby coming off the bench was genius not forgetting Crawford is that efficient. /endsarcasm

      Miami failed to deliver partially because of the lack of depth, Orlando had their worst playoff performance after reaching NBA finals and conference finals the last two years respectively. So basically bench is really important.

      But what can we expect from someone who tags Chicago’s bench as bad? Exactly.

  2. brooklynbulls - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Speaking as a fan of an eastern conference rival, I love this trade! This is going to be the most undisciplined, every man for himself, who can chunk up the most shots the quickest, offense in the league. The Knicks truly need a floor general to maximize the potent offensive weapons they possess.

  3. passerby23 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Who exactly is going to run the point in New York? Trading Toney Douglas? I don’t get it.

  4. artbyrob - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    they just dumped their floor general to be able to go to miami to help crush them some more
    GO HEAT!

  5. newyorkfootballjets - Dec 11, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Go get steve nash asap!!

    • generalsandman - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Steve Nash would be a great fit there but DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

  6. LPad - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    “There’s a lot to question about this move, but New York’s limited in its options, it’s a weak year for point guards, and Crawford’s one of the best left on the market.”

    What is this writer talking about? No one in the NBA believes Crawford’s a point guard. They’re trying to bring him in to be an offensive weapon off the bench. Just like how other teams in the league view him.

  7. lookatthefarside - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Only if Tim Tebow played basketball and that we had him…

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