Jamal Crawford wants a new deal. As Ira Winderman explained, he sees what is coming and want to get his now before the clouds of uncertainty over future contracts get any darker.
The Hawks and general manager Rick Sund will sit down with him and his agent Aaron Goodwin in the coming week, according to the Boston Globe. That’s nice of them, but it doesn’t mean Crawford is getting what he wants.
Crawford has limited leverage here, other than to be a distraction and disruption. Well, that and the Hawks may want to keep him after this season, although after 11 years in the league he is not likely to get a long-term deal.
We’ll see what the Hawks do, but there would be interest in teams wanting to trade for him. He can flat out score and he is a $10 million expiring deal. The Hawks did nothing to really improve their roster this summer, they stuck with the status quo while the East got better and deeper. The Hawks are still good, but they are not going to be better.
Crawford — although a key part of their success — is also a chip that could be used to help change that. To get a real big man for the middle or maybe a dynamic point guard. Something to change it up.
But you really have to wonder if they would extend Crawford for another couple years. Probably not at $10 million annually. That is old CBA money, and the storm clouds of change are getting darker.
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.