Jamal Crawford eyes move to Lakers if Clippers trade

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers have been careful this offseason not to commit money beyond 2018, so they might not be willing to offer Crawford a multiple-year contract. But with the Lakers sitting about $12 million under the $99 million salary cap, they could offer him a richer contract than the veteran’s minimum.Since trading D’Angelo Russell before the draft, the Lakers have been on the hunt for veteran reinforcements in the backcourt. They pursued point guard George Hill before the former Utah Jazz star agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento on Tuesday. They also have shown interest in former All-Star Rajon Rondo, who was bought out by the Chicago Bulls earlier this summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are both expected to be in pursuit of the streaky but durable Crawford, who averaged 12.3 points in 82 games last season, for now, the Lakers seem to be at the top of his wish list.According to an ESPN report, the interest is mutual.A cross-town move makes sense for the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He would prefer not to move his family out of L.A. and he already has a personal relationship with Lonzo Ball, the 19-year-old selected No. 2 overall by the Lakers in June’s draft.Widely recognized as one of the NBA’s friendliest players and a stable locker room presence, Crawford would add a dose of veteran leadership to a 15-man roster that could have as many as nine players who were drafted by the Lakers since 2014.The Lakers have several things working in their favor, although they would not be able to offer a title chase like the Warriors or Cavaliers, who have met in the Finals for three straight years.center_img Career sixth man Jamal Crawford has strong interest in remaining in Los Angeles and signing with the Lakers if a proposed three-team trade that would send him from the Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks goes through, a source said Tuesday.The Hawks, who are rebuilding after losing Paul Millsap and trading Dwight Howard, would have to buy out the remaining two years on the 37-year-old Crawford’s contract.On Monday night, the Clippers appeared close to a three-way blockbuster deal with Denver and the Hawks that would send Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers on a new three-year, $65 million deal and would allow All-Star Millsap to relocate to Denver. To clear room for Gallinari, the Clippers were poised to trade Crawford, last year’s second-round pick Diamond Stone and a future first-round pick to the Hawks.Crawford has two years and nearly $29 million remaining on the three-year, $42 million deal he signed with the Clippers last summer, but the third year is only partially guaranteed.last_img

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