Jamal Crawford and LeBron James have spoken in the past couple of days and Crawford is very interested in playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report by Cleveland.com.
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) July 6, 2017
Crawford was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the Danilo Gallinari three-team sign-and-trade deal.
Crawford and the Hawks are widely expected to reach a buyout agreement, as Atlanta is beginning its rebuild process.
Earlier reports suggested that Crawford had interest in playing for the Los Angeles Lakers once he became a free agent, but ESPN reported this week that the Lakers and Crawford have cooled their mutual interest.
As Cleveland.com reports, the most the Cavs can pay Crawford is the mid-level exception — $5.2 million. Cleveland.com is also reporting that Crawford reached out to James first about the possibility of playing together.
Crawford, 37, is one of the best one-on-one pure scorers in the game. He averaged 12.3 points per game this past season while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from three.
The Cavs are in desperate need of a player like Crawford, who can come in off the bench and score baskets from everywhere on the court without a single play being ran for him.
The more offensive firepower the Cavs have, the better their chances are of beating the Warriors — the only team who can really give LeBron and the Cavs problems in a seven-game series.