NY Daily News: Knicks interested in acquiring Clippers guard Jamal Crawford

Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reports:

The Knicks have expressed interest in acquiring Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, according to a source.

Coincidentally, the Cavs are also pursuing a deal for Crawford, the 34-year-old former Sixth Man of the Year. Miami is another team that is also interested in Crawford.

It is unclear what the Clippers are asking for in return.

Isola doesn’t get into the fact that the Knicks have nearly zero tradeable assets, so this is almost assuredly a pipe dream, but, well, I am sure someone did tell him that the Knicks are interested in Crawford, so it’s still likely worth mentioning.

EDITED TO ADD: Aha, I see the issue. As commenter thenamestsam pointed out, Isola initially suggested in the article that the Knicks could use their trade exception from the JR Smith deal. Said trade exception was renounced during free agency, so rather than come up with some other conceivable way for the Knicks to trade for Crawford, Isola just deleted that part of the article (without any notation that the article was dramatically edited) and then effectively shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, I dunno.”

20 replies on “NY Daily News: Knicks interested in acquiring Clippers guard Jamal Crawford”

Why is it that the scuttlebutt with the Knicks seems to invariably lead to bringing back a former Knick of dubious value?
Bring back David Lee!
Bring back Nate Robinson!
Bleh

During the Phil era one thing has been consistent and that is that trades usually come out of nowhere without media leaks. I doubt it has changed now so I do not believe the knicks have interest.

However, if there is one GM out there that would take Calderon straight up for Crawford it would be Doc. Calderon probably would check off all the boxes for him, old point guard that doesn’t turn the ball over. Move over Pabl0.

Also, how would Stephenson and Crawford fit together? I am assuming Stephenson comes off the bench.

The Isola tweet pisses me off. So anytime Dolan or Isiah likes a player and the knicks are thinking about bringing said player back its automatically some sign that they Isiah is secretly still in control?

Who doesn’t like Crawford? He is a legit scorer and a consummate professional. A lot of players played for The Knicks between Larry Brown and Phil Jackson. I think the Knicks have had the most turnover of players than any other team in the league the last decade. Its inevitable that some might make their way back here.

An experienced guard, particularly one potentially capable of handling some offense-running responsibilities (albeit not very well) and providing some secondary shot generation (same caveat), is a logical target, so I’d believe that someone in the Knicks organization asked a question or made a phone call that led to this rumored interest. Still we don’t really have any way of making this happen, so I’m going to guess it was the kind of not really going anywhere talk that makes for decent copy for a low-standards reporter on a Tuesday afternoon in August, but probably isn’t ultimately much of a story.

Dump Calderon for Crawford? Sure. No idea why the Clips would do that, but that’s not our problem.

maybe the clips want better insurance for a CP3 injury then Austin and Pablo? The difference between Pablo and Jose is debatable in terms of overall skill, but considering their need of shooting is greater than most contenders, maybe that’s the logic.

ballmer might not give a shit about the financial implications either

although with Point-Blake, shiiiit, probably don’t even need to worry much about the PG.

Given some of the head cases, malingerers and troublemakers we’ve had on the roster over the years (including Jamal’s previous stint on the team), we’re grading on a bit of a curve here, professionalism-wise. Is he a consummate pro compared to Tim Duncan? No. But compared to JR, he’s Larry bleeping Bird.

And he’d solve what I fear is going to be a big problem in terms of bench scoring. But since there’s no realistic way to get him, short of a third team that for some reason wants Calderon getting involved, it doesn’t much matter, does it?

Is he a consummate pro compared to Tim Duncan? No. But compared to JR, he’s Larry bleeping Bird.

Fair.

swiftandabundant,

Really? The biggest advantage I can see is Crawford gets to the line more, but he also takes almost twice as many shots per 36.

Calderon (Crawford) last year
FG% – 42 (39)
3 pt% – 42 (32)
FGAs – 10 (18)/36
FT% – 90 (90)
FTAs – 1 (5)/36
Jumpers – 90% (91%)
eFG% – .499 (.467)
TS% – .519 (.532)
defense – below average (poor)
Assists – 6 (3)/36
Age – 33 (35)

Calderon can actually run the offense
Crawford cannot

I wouldn’t trade Calderon for Crawford straight up, particularly for a what the Knicks need.

I’d do Calderon for Crawford because Crawford’s contract expires after this year, while Calderon is on the books for $7.7M in 2016-2017. But whatever, it’s not happening.

JK47

Okay. I get the expiring contract issue.
But that puts enormous pressure on Grant in his rookie season, IMHO.

Unless you use Crawford at PG, which he could probably handle reasonably well in the triangle. But like I said, it ain’t happening so ¯\_(?)_/¯

Is he a consummate pro compared to Tim Duncan? No. But compared to JR, he’s Larry bleeping Bird.

Compared to JR, Rihanna is Larry bleeping Bird.

Dump Calderon for Crawford? Sure. No idea why the Clips would do that, but that’s not our problem.

Obviously now that they’ve gained like 20 wins when acquiring Cole Aldrich, they can afford to take a hit and even out the roster.

Very doubtful that this is happening. Knicks are always rumored to be after just about everyone.

I remember in the early days of Dolan’s tenure, we would get these sort of things constantly (although they were typically “Player X really wants to be traded to the Knicks”), and I, not yet being tormented by fifteen years of pretty much everything going wrong for the Knicks, would try to talk myself into scenarios where the deals could take place. Like dealing Camby for Chris Webber or Camby for Dikembe Mutombo.

Hell, even when I started at this blog roughly ten years ago, I was trying to come up with ways for the Knicks to deal, like, Channing Frye and David Lee for Kevin Garnett.

Hell, even when I started at this blog roughly ten years ago, I was trying to come up with ways for the Knicks to deal, like, Channing Frye and David Lee for Kevin Garnett.

Lots of people are guilty of that. People tend to think in terms of 1 + 1 = 2. But in basketball, 1’s are a dime a dozen. It’s the 2’s that are tough to get. 1 + 1 does not equal 2.

…….thank you for turning the kitchen light on to watch Isola scurry away to behind the refrigerator, where the rest of the other Knick beat writers reside.

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