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Report: Clippers dangling Jamal Crawford in sign-and-trade

Jul 3, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT

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Despite having no cap room, the Clippers have been linked to Luol Deng and Paul Pierce.

Maybe Pierce would give the Clippers a discount to return to his hometown and reunite with Doc Rivers. But the Nets, as long as they still don’t care about payroll costs, could offer Pierce a large contract to re-sign in Brooklyn.

Deng probably would seek a larger salary. At least he wouldn’t take a pay cut for the Heat.

So how have the Clippers gotten involved with such prominent players? A willingness to trade Jamal Crawford is a start.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Crawford has become a subject of sign-and-trade discussions with the Clippers, who have inquired about working deals for several potential free agents, including Cleveland’s Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes, sources told Yahoo.

“Our intention is to get an extension with the Clippers or anywhere else that he may be traded based on the fact that he’s undervalued for the production he’s providing,” his agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday night.

Dealing Crawford in a sign-and-trade would get the incoming free agent just $619,150 more than the full MLE would over the next four years. The Clippers would have to include an additional player – Reggie Bullock? Chris Wilcox? Matt Barnes? – to get any real traction. They could also try adding Jared Dudley, but he probably has negative value and would require a draft pick attached. Even Barnes probably doesn’t hold much value in a deal like this.

As far as Crawford’s extension, good luck. He can’t sign an extension until July 2015, and it wouldn’t go into effect until he’s 36. Crawford’s value, coming off winning Sixth Man of the Year, is high right now. But he’ll really have to play well next season to convince a team to extend his contract, which already runs through 2016.

  1. muathjam21 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    As a Warriors fan I can say with confidence that Jamal Crawford was a huge reason why the Clippers beat us in the playoffs. That kind of firepower off the bench is invaluable, and I hope he’s not in LA next year.

    • Wammy Giveaway - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      You shouldn’t worry about Crawford that much. He only seems to play well in the regular season, but sometimes in the playoffs, he falters. He loves those crossovers, highlight reel shots and 4-point plays. None of those come easy in the playoffs at all – you have to play through your bigs and score in the post to advance.

      Trading Crawford is basically the prequel to Doc’s famed farm trade: not only does he want a true superstar (Melo, LeBron or Love), he wants to reunite the Celtics Big 3 of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Doc is really attached to his guys.

      • tardyman - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:37 AM

        Actually, Crawford made so many timely baskets against the warriors in the playoffs (esp. in the 4th), he killed the Warriors momentum, and he did so rather efficiently.

        In my opinion he seems a little streaky sometimes, his defense is suspect, and the ball might stick on offense for stretches, but his ability to put the ball in the basket is top-notch. Any team needing a 6th man scorer would be lucky to have him

      • tomasekradek - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:42 AM

        Except those 4-point plays, those came pretty easy during these playoffs to just about everyone. Someone should have told the refs that it requires actual foul, not just invisible contact, to call for a 4-point play, especially in the postseason

  2. yesser12 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    A guy OKC should get, he has been a 6th man his whole career. He would buy into that role since Harden and Martin didn’t.

    • patfic5 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      Great idea, but it wouldn’t happen. Too much sense. Similar to the Gasol rumors. OKC (my team) seems destined to let the window close as opposed to spending a little more money to bring in some more decent players. ….looking at you Perk.

  3. andreboy1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Why would they get rid of this guy?

    He’s a real difference maker and makes huge shots.

    For Spencer Hawes? I watched that guy do basically nothing with the Kings and he’s had one decent season when he started hitting the deep ball.

  4. djlexluger - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Where do you guys get your basketball news? Doc may want Paul Pierce, but that’s it from the Big 3

    • Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      I asked myself the same thing! But there’s a reason it has 98% thumbs down.

    • mazblast - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      That “Big 3″ was several “Big 3″s ago.

  5. imakcds - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    If I’m an NBA player, I wouldn’t give the Clippers a 2nd thought until Sterling is out of the picture. He’s a lawyer, I predicted he would draw this out in litigation, and he has. Like guerilla warfare, this is going to be a very long drawn out battle.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    The Clippers are f’ing up.

  7. 2phatt2 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I’m not sure Doc knows how to pull the right strings as president of basketball operation player personnel, maybe coaching is his only game.

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