Jamal Crawford’s name has come up in trade rumors for quite some time, and ESPN’s Marc Stein says the veteran Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard “can be had” before the trade deadline.
Crawford, as well as the entire Clippers bench, has suffered from inconsistency throughout this season. The 35-year-old has enjoyed some big-time scoring games and has hit some clutch shots, but his overall numbers are nothing to write home about.
Crawford is averaging 12.2 points and 2.4 assists while shooting just 37.4 percent overall and 32 percent from three. This comes after a mediocre campaign last year that featured the veteran struggling in the postseason.
Los Angeles has a lot of other volatile players on its bench, including Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith and Austin Rivers. The loss of the inefficient Crawford wouldn’t hurt too much considering Stephenson and Rivers can provide a similar skill set.
Despite Crawford’s decline, there still may be teams looking to acquire him and his $5.68 million expiring contract for some microwave bench scoring. However, the Clippers likely shouldn’t expect too much value in return in any potential deal for the shooting guard.