2011 NBA Free Agents: 5 Teams Jamal Crawford Could Make Better Next Season
Jamal Crawford is an unrestricted free agent heading into the 2011 summer offseason. His $10-plus million will be coming off the books in Atlanta, but will the Hawks regret letting him go?
Atlanta may not be able to afford the former NBA Sixth Man Award winner from a year ago. After putting up two great seasons in the ATL, Crawford should be due for a little pay raise.
Crawford has shown that he can be a scorer or more of a role player on any given team. He is OK with coming off the bench, like he has done recently for the Hawks.
He may be one of the more enticing combo guards on the market this summer. Teams with the money will be competing for his services.
Here are five teams that Crawford could immediately make better heading into the 2011-2012 season.
Jamal Crawford has pretty much stayed in the Eastern Conference his entire career. With his up-tempo game, I think he can be a guy that flourishes in the West.
Crawford is no Nash, but he does bring a style of basketball that Phoenix fans will love. He is an unbelievable scorer who could be one of the better combo guards out West.
New York Knicks
Jamal Crawford was not on the best of Knicks teams, but he sure would be a welcome addition to their current squad.
Roger Mason and Anthony Carter are free agents this summer and New York could put that money toward a guy like Crawford.
Chauncey Billups is aging so Crawford can be a little insurance as well as providing some much-needed scoring of the bench. You will have to score 120 points to beat the Knicks each night.
Crawford has been loved in Atlanta, but how's this for sticking it right in the Hawks' face? The Magic are a mess right now. They have quite possibly the most dominant player in the league, but they cannot advance in the playoffs.
Jason Richardson is a free agent so if he leaves Jamal Crawford can immediately jump in as a starter and provide some high-octane offense at a pace of around 16 points per night.
In his last season as a starter, Crawford averaged 19.7 points per game.
With Crawford, Howard and Nelson, now you are talking.
Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Arron Afflalo are all free agents this summer. While I believe Chandler and Afflalo will be back, anything can happen with Smith, who is unrestricted.
If one of them leaves, Denver should look into signing Jamal Crawford if it has the funds. Crawford is a lot like J.R. Smith in that he is a streaky scorer, who can start or come off the bench.
Denver already has taken a step forward after the Carmelo trade and this would be another step forward in the right direction.
If Atlanta does not re-sign Jamal Crawford, the Hawks immediately become a worse team. He was one of their top scorers and he came off the bench doing so.
Losing Crawford basically means that Atlanta ownership is giving up on their current team.