NBA Rumors: 3 Better Fits for Jamal Crawford to Win a Ring Than Phoenix Suns
Jamal Crawford was signed by the Portland Trail Blazers this past offseason to be their sixth man and help manufacturer a deep playoff run.
Things didn't exactly work out how they wanted to and Crawford can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, which he is widely expected to do.
According to CSNNW Trail Blazers Insider Chris Hayes, the Phoenix Suns will make a hard push to sign the streaky shooter.
While Phoenix does play at an uptempo place, it's hardly the best destination for Crawford. His talents are much better suited on a contender.
Read on for three destinations that would better suit Crawford in his quest for a ring.
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The Miami Heat seem to be the ideal landing spot for veterans looking for a title, and Jamal Crawford fits the bill perfectly.
More often then not, the Heat have to rely on the Big Three to score and struggle when one of the triumvirate is not on the court.
Crawford, who can create his shot off the dribble, is exactly what they don't have on their bench unit. His scoring touch could help take pressure off the Big Three and provide another option in end-game situations.
Plus it never hurts that Lebron has already tried to bring Crawford to Miami.
The major problem in signing with the Heat is money. Crawford would have to take considerably less money in order to contend for a title, which makes sense at this stage of his career.
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The Chicago Bulls attempted to addressed their starting shooting guard vacancy by signing Richard Hamilton this offseason, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. Enter Jamal Crawford.
Crawford instantly gives the Bulls a bigger offensive threat and someone who can effectively take pressure off Derrick Rose.
One can never underestimate the kind of lanes that will be opened for Rose if you put Kyle Korver in one corner and Jamal Crawford in the other.
The Bulls already made a run at Crawford this past offseason, and I fully expect them to do the same this year.
The main deterrent to this deal is the fact that Korver, Hamilton, Ronnie Brewer and Jimmy Butler will all be back next year, thus creating a log jam at the position.
Los Angeles Lakers
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The Los Angeles Lakers obviously already have a starting shoot guard, so Crawford would provide the team a reliable scoring spark off the bench.
The Lakers really haven't had a wing scorer as deadly as Crawford come off the bench in quite a while. His addition would help the team stay near the top of the Western Conference.
With a solid draft pick, the Lakers could boast a much more formidable bench next season.
The Lakers will be strapped for cash though, as Lamar Odom is widely considered to be headed back to Lakerland next season. If the money is there, the team shouldn't hesitate to use it on Crawford.