According to a report from Frank Isola of The New York Daily News, the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat are all expressing interest in acquiring shooting guard Jamal Crawford, currently of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Crawford, a two-time winner of the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award, last won the award in the 2013-2014 season. He has averaged exactly 17 points per game on 42% shooting from the field and 36% from beyond the arc as a Clipper, impressive for a player his age (35) and coming off the bench.
Still, hearing Miami is interested is a bit surprising. While the Clippers shedding Crawford's salary upon acquiring Lance Stephenson seems logical, Miami has acquired a player in Gerald Green who fits into the Crawford mold i.e. a high volume three point shooting scorer who can carry 2nd units on a hot night. Green is younger and more athletic, while Crawford offers much better ball-handling (though his assist rate had dwindled playing with Chris Paul for three seasons).
Green also makes a minimum salary while Crawford made a still reasonable, but much greater $5,450,000 last season with one more year on his contract. Miami would have to trade a piece, likely Josh McRoberts (who would be a good backup with a similar skill set to Blake Griffin) or a combination of lesser players.
Crawford would've made a lot of sense prior to Miami's free agent signings, as Dwyane Wade having a capable backup at his position would lessen his workload, but right now, it's best to assume the New York Knicks are frontrunners for his services.
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