Rumor: Clippers testing market for Jamal Crawford. Again.

Associated Press
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For the past year, Jamal Crawford‘s name has come up whenever Clippers’ trade rumors would come up, mostly because he was the only viable trade option they had. But no deal ever tempted Doc Rivers enough to pull the trigger.

Now with the Clippers at 13-9 and there being questions about their ability to challenge Golden State or San Antonio with the roster the way it is, the Clippers are looking at their options. And according to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops and the AP, that means Crawford is back on the market.

This follows the news that Doc Rivers also called around about the value of Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson.

Testing the market is what all GMs are doing right now, especially heading up to Dec. 15 when the trading season really opens because guys signed this summer can be moved. The problem with getting value for Crawford is that he is struggling — he is shooting 39 percent overall and 33 percent from three this season. He’s looked more like a volume shooter than and efficient scorer off the bench (which isn’t new, just exaggerated this year).

The question is, can they get a small forward they can plug-and-play? That’s the most glaring need, they are currently starting Luc Mbah a Moute, finding Stephenson works better with the second unit (and with the ball in his hands). How much they can get for the guys they are offering remains to be seen.