“I know I can play,” Crawford told NBA.com, “and I would think my reputation is still solid. It’s baffling to me…
“Physically, I feel better than I did last season,” he said. “I’m able to get my body together. My skill set is sharp. I feel that I’m good. My mindset is be patient and hopefully something good comes about it. I’ll be ready for the opportunity.”
Like Anthony, Crawford needs the right role, but he can help teams.
He’s not young at age 39 but, in the right situation, he could help a team get buckets off the bench. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year has slowed in recent years, and his defense is a bigger concern to front offices, but the man still averaged 7.9 points per game last season off the bench and lit it up for the depleted Suns at the end of last season (including a 51-point game against Dallas).
Some team is going to give Crawford a chance. Probably. Until then, he is staying ready, waiting for the phone to ring.