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Clippers meet with Jamal Crawford, scheduled to meet with Ray Allen next

Jul 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT


The Clippers’ plans in free agency are fairly simple, and make a lot of sense to anyone who watched them last season: Upgrade the outside shooting to open things up for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to do what they do inside.

The team took steps in that direction on Tuesday by bringing in Jamal Crawford for a visit. Brad Turner of the L.A. Times reports that the meeting went well on both sides.

Crawford was impressed by his visit to the Clippers’ facility, and the organization was impressed by the 6-5 guard.

The Clippers could offer a free agent a mid-level exception deal starting at $5 million and worth up to $21.7 million over four years.

They are willing to offer Crawford, 32, a three-year deal worth about $15.7 million, according to the NBA executives.

Crawford is wanted by plenty of teams, but of those reported, the Clippers seem to have the best shot at winning in the immediate future. If they decide to make that offer, it might be be tough for Crawford to pass up.

But the Clippers have other targets to consider, as well.

The team is set to meet with Ray Allen on Friday, though Allen will likely have a decent offer from the Celtics and a lesser one from the Heat on the table, in addition to anything L.A. may or may not decide to come up with.

Courtney Lee may also be on the Clippers’ radar, now that he’s an unrestricted free agent due to the Rockets’ decision not to make him a qualifying offer. He’s a better defender than Crawford and can shoot the corner three with a high level of accuracy, and may even come a bit cheaper. But if the Clippers have their choice, it’s more easy to see them going with a proven veteran like Crawford or Allen if they get the chance.

  1. cakemixa - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Lol at anyone thinking the Clippers could win anything more than a playoff series, at best.

  2. rocketsbb - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    It’s a shame the rockets aren’t resigning courtney lee. Hopefully Jeremy lamb will fill his role. Lee really improved this year as a starter.

  3. blakegriffin32 - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Haters gon hate. Lee is our best option. He’s a young guy whos a good defender and good shooter who should get better, unlike Crawford who’s on the decline. This should be an easy pick, but it won’t be.

  4. rexgrossman8 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    If the Clippers were savvy, they’d load up their roster with the old guys like Kidd, T-Mac, Grant Hill, AI, etc…Guys that know how to play…Too many things have to go right for that to happen. Good to see a perennial loser work to better themselves.

  5. gabebigtuesday - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    J.Crawford plays very little D, Crawford puts up pts, but that equals no playoff wins

  6. stayhigh_247 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    people keep forgetting that Don Sterling is still the owner and his track record speaks for itself. Vinny is a good man and good coach but he wont take them to the promised land. This team is starting to resemble the Nuggets, good enough to get into the playoffs but never good enough to go all the way. They have never been this deep, but if the Lakers and Spurs stay healthy, the best they can hope for is 4th in the west because we know OKC will be on top and I honestly dont see the Clips beating either of those teams in a series. With all that said, if Jamal just wants $ then this may be a good choice but too much has to go right for the Clips to make the finals.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Indiana makes way more sense, especially with no Rose in Chicago for most of the year. They could really put themselves in a good spot.

    • redblue560 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      You are right about D. Rose. Surgery and recovery maybe going well but he will not be 100% like he used to. There is a psychological effect to a person’s attitude with invincibility to injuries when things like these happens particularly when their athletic career is just peaking at a young age. There is that question in the back of your head wondering if it could happen to the other leg or is the surgically repaired leg has healed completely. Remember, it took years to develop that strength before the injury.

      Basketball athletes with potential never recovered to play much better in their career after injury.
      Bill Walton, Grant Hill, Bill Cartwright, Yao Ming… to name a few. They were able to play again but not the same before the injury.

      With Ray Allen’s injuries, his footing will be different. He will need to re-adjust his body movement and shooting rythm, to gain that high shooting percentage before the injury; and that could take a whole season. Remember, it all starts with your footing as you learned from your gym class. You saw Allen missed easy shots during the playoffs, that under different situations, that was a typical sure shot.

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