The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in acquiring guard Jamal Crawford from the Los Angeles Clippers while the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat have also emerged as suitors for the former Sixth Man of the Year. Spending four seasons in the Big Apple early in his career, Crawford would add another prolific scorer to a Knicks’ roster alongside Carmelo Anthony.
Th 34-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 of next year, which helped prompt a potential move involving Crawford.
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A member of the Knicks from 2004 to 2008, Crawford’s career began to take off following his stint in New York. Traded from the Knicks to the Golden State Warriors in 2008, Crawford was dealt by then president Donnie Walsh in order to clear cap space simultaneously launching his career in the right direction.
Earning the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award as a member of the Atlanta Hawks in 2010, just two years after his departure from the Knicks, Crawford would go on to take home the honors again in 2014 with the Clippers.
Crawford has spent the last three seasons in Los Angeles but the Clippers seem to be moving in another direction following the acquisition of Lance Stephenson this offseason as well as the re-signing of Austin Rivers. No stranger to moving around the league, Crawford has played for six teams throughout his 15-year NBA career and would be welcomed back to New York with open arms.
The Knicks lack an offensive threat in the backcourt and focused most of their attention on signing free agent big men this offseason. Aside from guard Arron Afflalo, the Knicks depth in the backcourt is scarce with Jose Calderon slated to start at the point. However, Calderon would become the main piece in the acquisition of Crawford creating an upgraded guard tandem for the Knicks.
In a notoriously weak Eastern Conference, the Knicks are not as far away from sneaking into the postseason as it seems. Another offensive role player to aid head coach Derek Fishers’ scheme could be the missing link to a successful 2015-2016 season for the Knicks.
Crawford averaged 15.8 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in 64 appearances for the Clippers last season.