The Portland Trail Blazers (badly) lost a game to the
Phoenix Suns Monday, falling 125-107.
They may also soon lose a player.
Guard Jamal Crawford, who is averaging nearly 14 points
per game this season, apparently wouldn’t mind making the
Valley of the Sun his home.
At least, that’s what it sounds like, according to Arizona
Sports 620’s Jon Bloom.
Jamal Crawford just
told EJ on press row and Alvin Gentry on the sidelines
that he “needs to be here in Phoenix” w/ Blazer teammates
— Jon Bloom (@Azbloom) April 17,
While it’s impossible to determine what Crawford really
meant with this statement, it’s worth noting that the
well-traveled scorer would probably be a solid fit in
Phoenix, especially if Steve Nash departs via free agency.
Then again, Crawford signed a two-year deal prior to this
season — with the second being a player option he is
expected to use to get out of the deal, so it’s not
totally out of the realm of possibility, even if the team
wanted him just to add some scoring punch off the bench.
Crawford has played on five different teams since being
drafted 8th overall by Cleveland in 2000, and holds career
averages of 15.3 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per
game. However, he’s not exactly the best shooter, making
just .384 percent of his shots this season and just .408
for his career.
On the plus side, Crawford did go off for 22 points, 5
rebounds and 4 assists in Monday’s loss, so at the very
least he could not have hurt his cause.
You know, if he actually does want to play for the