There have ben plenty of rumors about the New York Knicks and guards this off-season. In fact, there's even been direct rumors about the Knicks showing interest in Jordan Crawford. However, at this point in the off-season most believed that the Knicks roster was set. Apparently, that might not be the case as the Knicks and Crawford are once again being connected by the rumor mill.
Jordan Crawford made a name for himself as a member of the Boston Celtics. However, after his trade to the Golden State Warriors he saw his minutes and production drop. Now he's finding it hard to land a new job.
Like the New York Knicks, the Warriors are guard-heavy. As a result, he was never able to find regular playing time on his new club. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Warriors, who have financial limits, chose not to extend Crawford his $3,206,867 qualifying offer.
What is a surprise is the fact that Crawford is yet to land a new deal since becoming an unrestricted free agent. The four-year veteran is still without a team midway through August.
Due to their guard logjam & payroll, Warriors are willing to help their free agent guard Jordan Crawford with sign and trade, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 9, 2014
Warriors free agent guard Jordan Crawford is receiving interest from Bulls, Mavs, Lakers, Knicks & Nets, the source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 9, 2014
Crawford has a skill set that would fit the triangle offense well. He's a combo-guard with experience. He was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He played for the Atlanta Hawks from 2010-11, the Washington Wizards from 2011-13, the Celtics from 2013-14 and the Warriors in 2014.
In his four seasons in the NBA, Crawford has averaged 12.2 points, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.6 rebounds per game. He's greatly matured from his time in Atlanta. He now yearns to play for a franchise with discipline and structure like the Knicks are striving to become.
He's the type who wants to be coached hard, something Derek Fisher and his staff will surely do. He has a passion for the game of basketball. That's something Phil Jackson should really value considering Crawford's only 25 years old.
Crawford’s a gifted scorer with the basketball in his hands. However, despite his ability to sink some tough shots, he also had a tendency to take wild ones throughout his career. That being said, he's been more selective in recent times.
Maybe the biggest question about the Knicks interest in Crawford is where they'd find room for him on their roster. The Knicks already lost out on Toure Murry because of their glut of guards. That being said, perhaps Crawford can fill in for Murry as the Knicks fall-back option if they make a roster move.
On thing for sure, before Crawford would join the club he'd have to burry the hatchet with Carmelo Anthony. If he doesn't there's no chance Jackson would dare add him to the roster.
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