There seems to be more demand and value for the services of Jamal Crawford — the three-time Sixth Man of the Year — outside the Los Angeles Clippers than inside that front office. Doc Rivers has said he plans to keep the core of the Clippers together for next season, but Crawford may be the guy he’s not willing to pay to keep.
Don’t take my word for it, here is what Crawford himself tweeted Sunday.
I don’t think he was talking about Beyoncé at the BET Music Awards.
Crawford still has value on the court. He has one of the best crossovers in the game, a streaky jump shot, he scored 14 points a game last season, racking up a lot of those points thanks to his love of pull-up jumpers. However, at age 36 he is showing declining efficiency at age 36, and he is not a good defender.
Rivers may want to keep him — he did have the ball in his hands with the second unit a lot when Chris Paul rested — but not at the price tag other teams are willing to pay. We will get a sense of what those numbers are — and what teams will pay them — when free agency tips off Friday.