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Clippers, Timberwolves may be interested in trading for Jamal Crawford

Mar 6, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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From Hoopsworld’s Yannis Koutroupis:

The Portland Trail Blazers are enduring a trying season at 18-19 and changes could be on the horizon. One Blazer who is garnering a lot of interest in particular is shooting guard Jamal Crawford.

Sources confirm to HOOPSWORLD that Crawford, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason to be retired shooting guard Brandon Roy’s replacement, is on several team’s radar. The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing him the strongest, but the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks have also expressed interest.

The Clippers have been searching for a replacement for Chauncey Billups ever since the veteran guard suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, and the Timberwolves are currently only a game and a half out of the 8th and final playoff seed in the West. Crawford is making $5 million this season, and there has been speculation that the 31-year old guard will use his opt-out clause after this season and become an unrestricted free agent.

Crawford, an archetypal backcourt gunner who was recently inserted into Portland’s starting lineup, is averaging 14.5 points on 40.6%/36.0%/92.2% shooting this season.

  1. Justin - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    I feel like this is recycled news from one of Kurt’s older stories. We already new that the Wolves and Clippers are most actively pursuing Crawford. Rumors around Minnesota is that it would be a straight up swap of Luke Ridnour for Crawford if Portland fails to land a bigger PG in trade I.E. Nash, Rondo, or Calderon.

    • Josh - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      None of which the Clippers can offer. Welcome to Minnesota!

      • zaktmt - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        I hope so. This guy would be great on the Wolves. The Wolves need a legit 2.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:32 AM

        He just should have signed with us after the lockout in the first place

  2. losangelasbasketball - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Hope he goes to the twolves, dont want sterling to get any more talent than he already absorbed with blake and paul… Sterling is the biggest cunt, will never support that rascist jew…. He said black people smell bad and they attract vermin… Vermin means mice and rats… Nba should force a takeover of the franchise imo….

  3. surfinq00 - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    As a Clippers fan, I think it is best if Crawford goes to the Wolves. No, not because Sterling is a monster (which I completely agree with, but remember, his players rarely even encounter him) or because they don’t have the assets (also remember, we have Eric Bledsoe), but because we already have Mo Williams. Sure, I think Crawford is better, but we don’t need 2 pure scorers (accomplished via chucking) on our bench with weak defense. Not to mention, I wouldn’t give up a young prospect like Bledsoe for a short rental. The only way I see him coming to the Clippers is in this extremely far fetched trade:
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6p7yprn (add some picks in there too). Also, I don’t see why the Wolves would get Crawford aside from getting rid of a PG? Like I said, he is most likely a short rental.

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