Warriors-Hawks Near Deal; Crawford For Law and Claxton

Daniel KCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

DALLAS - JANUARY 28:  Jamal Crawford #6 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks on January 28, 2008 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A variety of trades have been shaking up the NBA in a relatively short amount of time.

Perhaps teams want to losen up some cap space to have enough money in the free agency. Other teams want to add that extra piece that would push them to become championship contenders, or at least legit playoff teams. Maybe a team wants to trade away the veterans, so they can start rebuilding.

Some recent trades are really making somethings interesting, whether it will be affecting teams for the 2009 draft, free agency, or rather 2009-2010 NBA season.

The latest of said trades, or at least talk of it, is between the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.

The players said to be involved are the Warriors shooting guard and prolific scorer Jamal Crawford, and the two of the Hawks back-up point guards Speedy Claxton along with Acie Law.

If this trade actually unfolds, it will shake somethings up.

For the Atlanta Hawks it gives them another scorer who can score off the dribble, something they had trouble doing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 NBA playoffs. Yet the situation has become a bit tricky for Atlanta.

They would then have two star shooting guards, who are each starter quality players, as well as 20 plus point scorers.Although Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson can each play point guard, it is not their primary position. Johnson has actually excelled as a play maker once averaging 6.5 apg (assists per game).

Now it makes things even trickier in what may happen with star guard Mike Bibby, and scoring guard Flip Murray. Seeing as Murray is another scorer, he could be used as bate in another trade, possibily bringing in another big man.

But where does this leave Mike Bibby? He has played very well, and is going to demand a big pay check, but with this trade having a team of several guards may bring down Bibby's value.

With Bibbys value decreased and Crawfords contract relavtively large, it may decrease the pay Bibby was expecting, or was eventually going to recieve. This may push Bibby out, and he may sign with a new team, in the coming free agency.

The Hawks have gotten a good addition to their team, but it leaves them in a bit of an awkward situation. Some may mull over, that Crawford was brought in to be trade bate for another trade to bring in another needed big man.

For the Warriors, it cuts some money from them. With money cut of their salary cap, it may put them in a better position to sign on a big name in the 2009 free agency; Allen Iverson, Shawn Marion, Ron Artest, Jason Kidd, Mike Bibby, Andre Miller, etc.

How strange would it be if the Warriors were to sign Bibby, after possibly pushing him out of Atlanta if this trade goes through?

The deal is nearing a close, but not done as of yet.

The trade would be the third in about the last two days, that is of course, if another goes down today.