Jamal Crawford was the Clippers’ only reliable reserve last year.
Now, he’s on a suddenly loaded team that projects to start Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and bring Crawford, Austin Rivers, Lance Stephenson, Wesley Johnson, Josh Smith and Cole Aldrich off the bench.
Is Crawford excited? Maybe.
But he also wishes he were a free agent.
Let’s not mistake Crawford’s desire to be a free agent for him being a malcontent.
If he were a free agent, he might re-sign with the Clippers. He’d probably get more than the $5,675,000 he’s owed next season – or at least more security with a long-term deal.
He’d also get the freedom to choose his team. He might see himself as somewhat superfluous with Rivers and Stephenson.
As is, the Clippers can trade him anywhere without giving him a say. (And they might.)
Most players probably wish they could be free agents now. John Wall certainly does, and that has nothing to do with him wanting to leave the Wizards. This is a summer to make money, and there’s the freedom of choice that always exists with free agency.
The Clippers present a good situation – just not so good that Crawford would reject the ability to explore the market on his own terms. That’s not only reasonable, it’s quite logical.