Reports: Knicks could make free agent run at Jamal Crawford

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If you like your sixth man to be an unconscious, fearless gunner who just wants to put up points and with that change the flow of the game, Jamal Crawford is your man.

The question is, will he be the Knicks’ man?

The three-time Sixth Man of the Year is a free agent this summer, and while Doc Rivers has talked about bringing him back to the Clippers, the Knicks might be in the mix, reports Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Finally, Jackson will turn his attention to building a supporting cast and one former Knick emerging as a viable option is Jamal Crawford, the NBA’s only three-time Sixth Man of Year. Crawford, 36, has strong support within the Knicks organization and that feeling appears to be mutual.

“I’m not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York,” Crawford told The News. “I really enjoyed my time there.”

Crawford brings one of the best crossovers in the game, a streaky jump shot, 14 points a game last season, a love of pull-up jumpers, declining efficiency at age 36, and very little defense to the table. He’s the guy who had the ball in his hands for the Clippers when Chris Paul sat.

With Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony on the roster, is another ball-dominant scorer what the Knicks need? Maybe not in an ideal world, but what the Knicks really need is talent and Crawford brings that. The idea of Crawford returning to Madison Square Garden may not be the first one explored come July, but it’s not out of the question either, as the New York Post’s Marc Berman notes.

As always, it comes down to money — and more than just money, now many years does a team want to give 36-year-old Crawford?

It’s not likely, but a reunion between Crawford and the Knicks is certainly not out of the question.