My guess is the Mavericks move on. They can shift some playmaking duties onto Chandler Parsons and use the cap space to pursue bigger fish like LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan. If they strike out on those top free agents, they could always revisit Ellis.
The Heat are probably looking at Ellis only if Dwyane Wade leaves, so maybe. This is at least a way for the Heat to send Wade the message that they have alternatives to overpaying him.
Ellis, especially with the salary cap skyrocketing in 2016, should probably draw more than $8.72 million. But it’s not a lock. He needs the ball in his hands, and teams might not rush to trust him with that responsibility.
The Clippers are also exploring trade options for Jamal Crawford, according to sources, and one possibility is trading Crawford and C.J. Wilcox, the team’s 2014 first round pick, to the Denver Nuggets for Wilson Chandler.
Bringing Lance Stephenson off the bench is ideal. A 3-and-D player like Chandler would be a better fit around Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. If Stephenson is handling the ball off the bench, that makes Crawford somewhat superfluous.
Chandler isn’t the only option to create this roster figuration. Paul Pierce would also work.
Jamal Crawford shows up, puts on show at Isaiah Thomas’ basketball tournament
The free-flowing, light-defense, street-ball games of the summer pro-am and tournament circuit fits the game of some NBA players more than others.
It fits Jamal Crawford like a tailored suit.
The Clippers’ Crawford showed off his game Memorial Day weekend in Tacoma, Wash., (remember Crawford is from the Seattle area) at Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas’ Memorial Day Zeke-End Basketball Tournament. The best part of this video is when Crawfords decides to try and nutmeg (go between the legs) of Boston’s Kelly Olynyk.
Aside this one defender, Crawford is just too much for everyone involved. Watching NBA guys destroy lesser talent is one of the joys of summer.