Jamal Crawford is expected to work on a buyout following a three-team trade that will send Crawford from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks.
The trade will reportedly will send Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers, a second-round draft pick to the Nuggets, and Crawford, center Diamond Stone and first-round pick to the Hawks. (Full details.)
Crawford and the Hawks are likely to work on a contract buyout, ESPN reported, should the 37-year old shooting guard be willing to surrender a significant chunk of his salary.
If a buyout is reached, reports say the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards would all be interested in adding Crawford.
Also, Basketball Insiders reported that Crawford and the Boston Celtics may have a mutual interest.
But as Hoops Rumors noted:
“Atlanta is under no obligation to reach a buyout agreement with the shooting guard and the team could decide to trade him or keep him on the roster. It was reported earlier in the week that if Crawford wanted a buyout, he would have to give up a “significant portion” of his salary. He’s set to make over $17.2MM in guaranteed salary over the next two seasons.”
Crawford averaged 12.3 points off the bench for the Clippers last season, appearing in all 82 games. That was his lowest scoring output since his second NBA season, 2001-02 with the Chicago Bulls.