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Reports: Minnesota making push get Crawford from Portland

Mar 7, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol AP

There are a lot of trade rumors going to fly around the next week, but when you look at them ask yourself this: Do they help both teams? Teams only do deals they think get them closer to a goal.

Portland we know is looking to move Jamal Crawford and get something for him before he opted out this summer and walked away. Portland could use a point guard since Raymond Felton has not blown off anyone’s doors this season. On the other hand, Minnesota has point guards to spare but wants to add scoring punch to make a run into the playoffs (as of right now they are one game out of the last spot in the West).

Minnesota is “making a strong push” to get Crawford, Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy reports. How about Luke Ridnour for Crawford? That is one that ESPN’s Chad Ford suggested as possible in his weekly chat. It works in that it gives both teams something they need. Under the new CBA you can do that deal straight up, although Portland may want a second round pick or some other sweetener in the deal.

Not saying that exact deal is happening — Portland is going to have a few offers to sort through for Crawford — but Minnesota is a team to watch in the sweepstakes.

  1. goforthanddie - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I’m not the expert so many think they are, but I thought Crawford’s play picked up when he was the starting PG. I’d focus more on moving Felton first.

  2. illcomm - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Kurt. you need someone to review your articles before u send them out. most times you have simple spelling n grammatical errors. this time just in the heading itself. Wonder how u got the job in the first place.

    • diabloryno - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Coming from the person who has simple spelling and grammatical errors…

    • goforthanddie - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Pot…kettle…black.

    • gcbball3 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Do you have nothing better to do wow man get a life

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      his spelling isn’t as bad as blake griffin’s free throws…

  3. sellahh - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    im speechless Kurt, you’re so bad it’s… funny?

  4. Justin - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Reports: Justin go get like this trade

    Jokes aside this trade does make sense for both teams and more importantly Portland could in turn deal Felton elsewhere to a PG needy team like the Lakers.

  5. Justin - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Just stumbled upon picture of KLove and Rubio on cover of Slam magazine. Worth checking out. http://wp.me/p1zWAl-RO

  6. joj0420 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    ever think he does it to see how many of you “smart” people actually catch it? dont worry about him hes still better than you.

  7. rooney24 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Am I correct to understand that Crawford can play some PG as well as SG? If so, it would seem like a good swap for the Wolves. The Wolves do need a SG, but given that Barea can’t seem to stay healthy, they would need someone that can play some PG when Rubio rests (if they traded Ridnour).

    Whatever you do Kahn, do NOT trade Derrick Williams!! He is really improving and I think he has a very bright future. I would hate to see him go. Wolves untouchables should be Love, Rubio, Williams, and possibly Pekovic (unless you get something unbelievable back for Pek).

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Agreed on Barea, twisted his ankle jogging up the court last night, with no one around him. Then hobbled around for the whole possession. We have all twisted our ankle in a pick up game, and are able to be part of the play until we can walk it off. You would expect a player in the NBA, could figure out a way to make it to the whistle.

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