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Report: Heat, Knicks, Clippers on Jamal Crawford’s radar

Jun 15, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT

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Jamal Crawford is not returning to Portland last year. That turned out to be a failed experiment.

So where does the former Sixth Man of the Year — who has put up pretty pedestrian numbers the last couple seasons — want to play next? Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports some rumors on that.

Teams said to be on his radar include the Heat, Clippers, Kings, Knicks and Cavaliers.

If you look at that list, the question becomes does he want to get paid or does he want to contend.

With the Heat, he could provide scoring off the bench but they can only offer the mini mid-level at most ($3 million, and he made $5 million last year). Plus, Crawford would be relegated to more spot-up shooting, something he did at a 35.2 percent clip last season.

The Kicks could use the scoring, too, but they can offer less (because they will have to use their mid-level on Jeremy Lin or another point guard. And again, the ball would likely be in his hands less (hello ‘Melo!) and 48.1 percent of his offense came from isolation as the pick-and-roll ball handler last season.

The Clippers could offer a full mid-level ($5 million), and they need a two guard. However, what they really need is not scoring but defense out of their two guard. Not sure about the fit.

The Kings could pay but not sure they need another wing player. The Cavs could use him and they have cap space.

It’s going to be interesting to see where he lands.

  1. moseskkim - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Crawford won’t return to Portland last year? I don’t think anyone can return to last year. 😀 Unless of course HOT TUB TIME MACHINE! Crawford’s is only valuable on teams that lack scoring or score a lot. Heat, Knicks, Clipps are sexy newsworthy teams but are not realistic at all.

  2. patfic15 - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    “Jamal Crawford is not returning to Portland last year. ” (next)
    “The Kicks could use the scoring, too, but they can offer less (because they will have to use their mid-level on Jeremy Lin or another point guard.” (Knicks?)

    Ouch! Take a breath before pressing “Enter”.

  3. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Try getting another keyboard Kurt. There’s too much drool, fecal matter and jizz on your current one.

  4. jcmphillips - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    Jamal might also be a good fit for the
    Bulls. There in desperate need of a good scoring 2 guard. Or maybe the Celtics if Allen goes.

  5. rickyspanish - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:58 AM


    That is hilarious, I have tears in my eyes! That’s a nasty keyboard!

  6. diamondmo33 - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    He should return to Chicago

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Why would he want to go back to the Knicks? Too many eyes will be on Coach Woody and that means they’ll dump first sign of trouble. Go somewhere that you will have staying power.

  8. biggestredmiami - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Someone wants to play for Cleveland? LOL

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      Remember that when LeBron opts out in two years. It might not be Cleveland, but it likely wont be Miami when Dwayne Wade is walking around like a geriatric early bird customer and Bosh is still rocking his vagina. Back to obscurity and empty arenas (on second thought, scratch the latter since that’s already happening).

  9. dre10243 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    good answer diamond. i think he should return to chi town

  10. miamatt - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I like Crawford but I think Ray Allen gives Miami the dead-eye spot-up 3-point shooter that they really need.

    What Crawford would allow Miami to do would be to substitute for Wade or James with a similar style offensive player.

    But I would think Crawford goes wherever the money is- probably Cleveland.

    • dal24la - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      3 ball dominant players who are not great catch-and-shoot/spot up shooters? I’m thinking Miami should not be his 1st choice.

  11. Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Weird that you omitted the Kings and Cavs, but the Clippers made the cut. Did I miss where they became a real contender as opposed to baby brother?

  12. boltsup - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Jamal Crawford in purple and gold is a match made in heaven… Legit scoring punch off the bench is a must for the Lakers next year, having Kobe being able to wing it to Jamal Crawford in double teams situations would be perfect for us

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      You think Kobe and Crawford mix well? Is there a new rule next season that allows two basketballs on the court at once?

  13. biggiej7tblaza - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Alright…after enduring that lovely article. I personally want to draft greg oden again,lol. Seriously though. Here’s what I personally think. Crawford is going to Phoenix to join his bud Brandon Roy. They’ll share minutes and have fun in the sun.
    Biggie J
    T. Blaza all the way

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