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Report: Celtics, 76ers, Timberwolves pursuing Jamal Crawford

Jun 27, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol AP

With its core getting up there in years (save Rajon Rondo), the Boston Celtics need to add some more scoring firepower. You could see it in the playoffs against Philly (and through the regular season).

Jamal Crawford is walking, talking firepower. Or at least he was a couple years ago. The former Sixth Man of the Year has a history of just coming in and lighting it up.

Which is why the Celtics are interested in him and have reached out to Portland talking about a draft-day trade, reports Chris Haynes of But the Celtics are not alone.

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.

Boston has picks 21 and 22, which might appeal to Portland (which already has No. 6 and No. 11 in this draft).

There is a good chance Crawford is traded on draft night. Crawford is in the middle of a two-year contract but with an opt-out after this season that has to be used by Friday. He can be traded on draft night and then either opt-in with his new team or, more likely, opt-out of his deal and re-sign with his new team using Bird rights.

If he’s not traded draft night he will opt out and become a free agent.

Crawford can score, but the past couple years he’s taken a step back to average. Last season in Portland he averaged 14 points a game and shot just 38.4 percent (and 30 percent from three). His PER has been right around the league average of 15 the past two years, well off the 18.4 of his Sixth Man of the Year season in Atlanta. He will turn 32 next season.

Which is to say, how much Crawford thinks he is worth and teams might pay are different things. But smart teams have this discussion with Crawford’s agent (through back channels if need be) before making a trade.

  1. drunkenjunk - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I’d take my chances with pick 21, 22.

    • Kansachusetts - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Got that right. Why in the world would the Celts want to add a 32-year-old over the hill shooting guard?

  2. mjacobs45 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Dear God Sixers… just got away from Lou Williams and now you want to add this chump? Do any of you people have any basketball IQ? It better be for his expiring contract…

  3. giselleisasucubus - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    The C’s would only have to give up one of those first round picks and they also have the 31 pick given to them yesterday. If I’m Danny, I push hard for this deal. Crawford can help them a lot.

    • sledcamerahill - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      they don’t have pick 31, that second from Charlotte is 2013

  4. jengibre23 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Philly just needs to squeeze the points out of turner holiday and iguodala. Turner you were a #2 pick. Play like an elite player like everyone thought you would be.

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