NBA Rumors: Jamal Crawford To Lakers, Sixers, Thunder, Nets Or Heat?
Where will Jamal Crawford play in 2019-20?
Crawford, 39, has developed a reputation for himself around the league as one of the most prolific scorers around.
Entering his 20th NBA season, Crawford is looking to join a team that can compete for a title and for whom he can fill a notable hole.
The Los Angeles Lakers fit the bill, on both points.
Crawford averaged eight points and nearly four assists in 18.9 minutes per game for the Phoenix Suns last season. Despite his age and the wear on his body, he can still provide solid production in limited playing time for the right team.
Recently, Gilbert Arenas indicated that Crawford would be a great fit for Los Angeles.
“I hope he goes to a team like the Lakers,” he told Landon Buford.
“They need your outside shooting,” he added.
One of the big weaknesses that the Lakers still have, despite their plethora of offseason moves, is that they don’t have a lot of guys who can create their own shots when defenses clamp down.
Crawford could be the spark plug this team needs off the bench.
If not the Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers might be a viable option. The team expressed some interest in signing him last year, and the respect seems to be mutual.
“I would be honored to play there,” Crawford told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on his podcast.
“Things obviously have to take its course and I kind of got to sit back,” he continued. “But who wouldn’t want to play there?”
The Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder are also an interesting option. According to Robinson, they are another squad that has expressed interest in bringing the veteran in.
.@JCrossover needs a team!
I’ve heard Sixers, Thunder, Nets, Lakers, Heat have interest.
— 👑📍Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson (@ScoopB) July 2, 2019
If Crawford is looking for a contender, the new look Brooklyn Nets seem like a logical bet. With a team that made the playoffs even before they brought in Kyrie Irving, they are likely to be in the running for the top of the Eastern conference next year.
Finally, the Miami Heat badly need another scoring option to pair alongside Jimmy Butler. Obviously Crawford cannot be a consistent No. 2 player at this point in his career, but he could still take some weight off Butler’s shoulders.
For his career, Crawford has averaged 14.6 points per game on 41 percent shooting.