Report: Three teams eye Clippers’ Crawford


BY SAM AMICO

The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat are all interested in obtaining Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford via trade, according to a report from the New York Daily News.

Crawford, 34, has played for six teams in 15 seasons and twice won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award (2009-10 and 2013-14).

He averaged 15.8 points off the bench last season, but the Clippers have made it known to executives league-wide that he is available. Crawford will be an unrestriced free agent at the end of the upcoming season.

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It is unclear what the Clippers are seeking in return, or what interested teams may offer, per the Daily News report.

The Cavs seem more inclined to re-sign free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith, but have reportedly been in the mix for Crawford for most of the offseason.

“Cleveland’s first option is to re-sign J.R. Smith, who opted out of a deal that would have paid him $6.4 million this season,” the Daily News reported. “The Cavs are offering Smith a massive pay cut.”

Crawford played for the Knicks from 2004-08, and according to the Daily News, “has maintained close ties with several high ranking officials in the organization, including Garden Chairman James Dolan and Thomas, who currently runs the Liberty.”

Crawford is due to earn around $5.7 million in the final year of his contract — making him a bargain in comparison to other players who put up similar numbers.

In other basketball news:

1. University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino wrote an interesting blog post about a trip to Puerto Rico in which he also coached a Puerto Rican national team that consisted of J.J. Barea and Moe Harkless. Pitino also gives a (sometimes harsh) player-by-player assessment of the Cardinals.

2. Sam Averbuck, the son of Cavs director of international scouting Philip Averbuck, is enjoying his early college basketball experience as a walk-on at the University of Wyoming. The Cowboys are coached by Cleveland native Larry Shyatt and produced a first-round pick in the most recent draft — Akron product Larry Nance Jr., who went to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 24.

3. In the event you missed it, I wrote an assessment of the Milwaukee Bucks for Hoops Rumors: Do Bucks stop here? Doesn’t seem like it. Be sure to check it out, as well as all the website’s other great content.

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