The Portland Trail Blazers are determined to trade point guard Jamal Crawford after conceding his style of play is not the perfect fit with their offensive sensibilities.
Here is the latest on Crawford and the teams that would love a point guard with his talents on their squad. Check back often for updates on the underrated and exciting player.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 3:07 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to Yahoo Sports, it appears that veteran guards Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will remain with the Portland Trail Blazers for the rest of the season.
Agents for Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford expect clients to remain with Portland.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 15, 2012
I'm a bit surprised that Crawford will likely not be moved. His ability to score consistently off the bench would have been quite valuable to many playoff contenders. In the end, Portland may have been asking for too much in return.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 1:17 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to Bill Ingram of Hoopsworld, the three-team deal that would have sent Jamal Crawford from the Blazers to the Timberwolves might not happen, and that the Lakers and Nets are two possible destinations for the veteran guard.
Sources close to Jamal Crawford now suggest that the 3-team deal sending him to Minny has fallen apart . . .he may land in LAL or NJ ...— Bill Ingram (@TheRocketGuy) March 15, 2012
It's obvious that several teams are considering Crawford, and for good reason, he can add some reliable scoring to a contending team's bench. Crawford would be a massive addition for the Lakers, whose bench has really struggled this season from an offensive standpoint.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM, Jamal Crawford would like to be traded before the deadline and that the Orlando Magic are a team he's interested in joining.
League sources has told me Jamal Crawford is hoping Blazers move him before the deadline. His desired destination is the Orlando Magic.— Jarrod N Rudolph (@MisterRudolph) March 15, 2012
Adding Crawford would be a solid move for Orlando because they need some more scoring off the bench from the guard spots. Crawford's playoff experience would also be a nice plus for the Magic.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 9:02 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to John Canzano of the Oregonian, the rumored three-team deal involving the Timberwolves getting Jamal Crawford from Portland, while the Los Angeles Lakers receive Michael Beasley from Minnesota and send Derek Fisher to Portland could be finalized this morning.
Source directly involved in the Jamal Crawford trade said the deal should be done in the morning.— John Canzano (@JohnCanzanoBFT) March 15, 2012
Other than dumping Jamal Crawford's salary, this move does very little for the Blazers since Fisher is no longer capable of being effective at either end of the floor.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 14th, 3:15 p.m. ET By: Eric Ball
The roller coaster ride has taken another turn. A day after the rumor mill believed talks had cooled on a potential Crawford trade, Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the shooting guard may be on his way to the Twin Cities:
Portland's talks with Minnesota on a Jamal Crawford deal are gathering momentum again, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 14, 2012
Minnesota is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era and landing a playoff veteran that can score in bunches off the bench would put them over the top.
With less than 24 hours to go until the deadline, this story is far from over.
UPDATE: Tuesday, March 13th, 4:16 p.m. ET
Don't go saying your goodbyes and fare thee wells to Crawford just yet. CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the guard may be staying after all.
Sources: Unable to secure a first-round pick in a deal for Jamal Crawford, the Blazers are said to be "cooling" on the idea of trading him.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 13, 2012
CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports Crawford is the main player in a deal between the Blazers and the L.A. Clippers.
The Blazers and Clips are discussing a deal that would send Jamal Crawford to L.A. for Eric Bledsoe and Ryan Gomes, sources say.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 12, 2012
The Clippers continue to look for another guard despite employing one of the best in the league in Chris Paul.
Since Chauncey Billups went down with a season-ending injury, they have been on the look out for depth in the backcourt, and Crawford would certainly fit the bill.
For the Blazers, Crawford is not the measured and patient point guard they desire, and is far more of a shooting point guard that can facilitate his own shot.
The shoot-first guard is averaging 14.3 points per game on 41 percent shooting from the field.