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
For the Mavericks, Crawford is the first of the players the team has been linked to so far who isn’t one of the usual suspects (Carmelo Anthony, Luol Deng, Chandler Parsons, etc). The 25-year-old is an intriguing player. In just four NBA seasons, Crawford has already played for four different teams (the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Warriors). In spite of the shooting guard’s inability to stay in the same spot, Crawford’s statistics show a young man with potential for good things.
While he has, for the most part, been reliable for about 13 PPG (just 8.8 this past season with Golden State), Crawford has shown great promise as a passer (5.7 APG this past season with the Celtics).
The overall numbers don’t do Crawford’s game justice, though. He’s really more of a streaky scorer who looks more like Los Angeles Clippers gunman Jamal Crawford when he heats up. On the last day of the regular season, for instance, Crawford played 41 minutes (he averaged just 15.7 MPG with the Warriors) and scored — get this — 41 points!
The Mavericks know firsthand of Crawford’s sudden bursts, as he sprayed Dallas for 19 points in a Warriors win this past season. The coolest thing about possibly signing Crawford though is he can start at shooting guard, enabling Dallas to start Monta Ellis at the point. Dallas can then spend the rest of their money on a small forward.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports also reports the Warriors are “willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal” for Crawford, which could make things easy for Dallas.