San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Jamal Crawford Drawing Interest

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and jamal Crawford
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and jamal Crawford /

The San Antonio Spurs reportedly showed interest in Jamal Crawford, who the Atlanta Hawks will acquire in a three-team trade.

NBA free agency has been somewhat quiet for the San Antonio Spurs, aside from re-signing Patty Mills to a 4-year, $50 million deal. No other signings or trades of San Antonio’s have been reported since.

There’s one player the Spurs want, though, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes: it’s Jamal Crawford, now of the Atlanta Hawks. The Cleveland Cavaliers also showed interest.

On July 3, Crawford was sent to the Hawks in a proposed three-team trade, along with Diamond Stone and the Houston Rockets first-round pick, via the Los Angeles Clippers. This sent Paul Millsap to the Denver Nuggets and Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that the Nuggets could get draft compensation.

Update: Cleveland, San Antonio and others inquiring. Atlanta prefers a trade.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 4, 2017

Crawford is 17 years into his NBA career, having played with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and, most recently, the Clippers; Crawford played there for the past five seasons, averaging 15.3 points per game.

The Michigan product saw his production decline in recent seasons, going from 18.6 points per game in 2013-14 to 12.3 in the 2016-17 campaign. He’s played between 26-30 minutes per game during this time.

If the Spurs sign Crawford, he could add to their bench production. That may be in a sixth man role, similar to what he played in Los Angeles, or a spot a little further on the bench. He can still score in bunches, but not at the rate he used to. It’s also evidenced by putting up just 1.4 3-point field goals made this past season, his second lowest mark since 2005-06.

There will be competition, however, for Crawford’s services. The Cavs already added Kyle Korver, but Crawford would further deepen their bench for a potential return to the NBA Finals.

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Would Crawford be a good fit in San Antonio? How big of a deal should he receive?