Warriors Rumors: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Lobbying to Sign Jamal Crawford

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2018

Jamal Crawford, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, poses in the press room with the Twyman–Stokes teammate of the year award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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The Golden State Warriors are reportedly expected to aggressively pursue veteran guard Jamal Crawford in free agency.

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic reported Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are pushing management hard to make a pitch to Crawford, who declined a player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves for 2018-19.

Crawford, 38, previously played for the Warriors during the 2008-09 season. He averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists during his lone season with the Timberwolves.

It's easy to see the thinking here. Nick Young signed a one-year contract last summer and will probably look to cash in on his new status as Swag Champ. Young and Crawford could do the Spiderman pointing meme at each other as the former leaves while the latter arrives.

Crawford may only be a slight upgrade over Young, if at all, at this point in his career. Young outperformed Crawford in win shares and VORP (value over replacement player) last season, per Basketball Reference.

The most sensible approach is for Crawford to take a minimum contract, thereby keeping the Warriors' taxpayer mid-level exception available for another role player. Crawford could be an easy Young replacement on the cheap, and Golden State could pursue a veteran ring chaser who is looking for an image rehabilitation.

That noise you hear is Dwight Howard's phone ringing.

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