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Report: Heat have interest in Celtics’ Jordan Crawford

Dec 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford goes up for the jump shot in front of Toronto Raptors John Lucas III in Toronto Reuters

The Heat are doing just fine at 16-6, sitting at second place in the East behind a Pacers team playing as if the playoffs were going on right now.

While Indiana is at full strength and crushing the competition to this point in the season — Heat included — Miami is resting Dwyane Wade occasionally to preserve his knees for the postseason, and is still bringing along Greg Oden slowly to the point where he isn’t expected to crack the rotation until after the All-Star break.

Still, it makes some sense that given the Pacers’ early dominance and the uncertainty surrounding Oden (and to some extent, Wade) for the regular season, Miami may look around for some available talent to bolster the roster. And Boston might not be a bad place to start.

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Miami is looking to deal for a young wing player who can score and take some of the load off Dwyane Wade. A few GMs have identified Boston’s Jordan Crawford as a player the Heat will go after in the coming days/weeks.

That would be reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Jordan Crawford, who helped lead Boston to the only 3-0 record in the East last week while turning in averages of 23.3 points (fourth in the conference) on 61 percent shooting, to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists per contest.

If the Heat did trade for Crawford, it would likely be no more than a rental for this season. Crawford will be a restricted free agent next year if a qualifying offer of $3.2 million is made, but a strong season in Miami would drive up his value beyond what the Heat would commit in long-term salary.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are in an interesting spot. Much like the Suns, they were believed to be setting up for a complete rebuild that would involve finishing the season with a record poor enough to end up as a lottery team vying for one of the top picks in a very deep 2014 draft. Instead, Boston finds itself atop the dreadful Atlantic division which means the four seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, despite the sub-.500 record.

Boston isn’t exactly planning on trying to win now like the Suns, because they don’t have players like Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic on the roster, along with more first round draft picks than they know what to do with in the coming seasons. So Crawford may indeed be in play, despite the Celtics’ playoff chances and their better-than-expected start.

  1. 1historian - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Brett, you stated that The Celtics have “more first round draft picks than they know what to do with.”

    They have 9 in the next 5 drafts, and believe me – they’ll find something to do with them. You’re gonna have to trust me on this, but they will. The Heat are interested in Crawford, but that sure doesn’t mean that they’ll get him – we must keep in mind that Danny Ainge was taught his trade – GMing – by the best – Red Auerbach.

    I predict that the Celts will be in the playoffs by 2015 – next season – and a legitimate threat by 2016. They’ll still have two extra #1 picks courtesy of the fast-fading Nets, and they WILL find something to do with them.

    Just trust me.

  2. borisalessandri - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Teams can have interest in any player they want but it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
    The Spurs have interest in LeBron James and so does the rest of the league.
    I have interest in Emily Ratajkowski but just because I want it doesn’t mean I can have it

  3. adoombray - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Jeff Green totally doesnt get any respect outside of Boston, but the Celtics are a playoff team.

  4. money2long - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    if this happens, will jordan crawford try to dunk on lebron in practice ?

  5. chicagofan - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    What a difference a year and a new start can make, Crawford was banished from the Wizards after throwing his jersey in stands after benching him, Washington sstill sucks and he is now a valuable player and trade option. If Boston can acquire anyrhiing for him now they come out ahead. But watching him evolve as a player has been a treat and reminds you of the talent some of these guys have. His potential upside is worth far more than the Heat have to offer and the Celts would be crazy to trade him to them now.

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