L.A. Clippers Looking to Trade Jamal Crawford
The Los Angeles Clippers have been all about change so far this offseason and it doesn’t look like they’re even close to being done. Owner Steve Ballmer is leading a total rebranding effort, the team recently traded for swing man Lance Stephenson and rumors keep swirling that veteran small forward Paul Pierce could be interested in reuniting with head coach Doc Rivers.
Add one more moving piece to the list. Per reports, shooting guard Jamal Crawford could be on his way out of town, as the Clips have begun searching for possible trade partners.
Crawford served a purpose in his three seasons with L.A., as he provided a huge offensive spark off the bench and sometimes even as a starter. At 35 years old, though, Crawford is no longer a great investment and due to his nature as a scorer who does little else well, Los Angeles may be right to consider moving on.
One look at the way Crawford plays his game, and it’s no surprise the Clippers are ready to move on. Crawford could provide instant offense, but he leaves a lot to be desired as a defender and play-maker and his shot selection often can hurt the offense.
The addition of Stephenson makes Crawford expendable hypothetically, especially since the team is still seeking another small forward to replace the departed Matt Barnes in the starting lineup. With Stephenson slated to come off the bench, Crawford could suddenly be the odd man out. L.A. also landed shooting guard Austin Rivers in a trade last year, and it’s been made clear that the son of Doc Rivers is headed for a bigger role after a somewhat strong showing in the playoffs.
The big question, of course, is where could Crawford go and what could the Clippers get for him in return?
One interesting trade rumor could involve the Denver Nuggets, who have been going over options to shake up their current roster. One player entrenched in trade rumors in small forward Wilson Chandler, who could slide into L.A.’s starting small forward spot effortlessly. On the flip-side, Crawford would be a solid fit in Denver’s up-tempo offensive system, although what other compensation (if any) the Clips would give up to make the deal work is still unclear.
Denver isn’t going to be the only team interested in Crawford, as he still provides a desired skill despite his age and some of his flaws. Whether the Clips finalize a deal with the Nuggets is anyone’s guess, but they’re now shopping one of their best bench players and it could simply be a matter of time before he’s playing somewhere else.
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