Blog Entry

Jamal Crawford says Blazers' interest is mutual

Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 4:59 pm
  •  
 
Posted by Ben Golliverjamal-crawford-hawks

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been openly recruiting free agent guard Jamal Crawford for weeks. On Sunday, Aldridge capped off that recruitment by hosting Crawford's official visit to Portland during the Rip City Basketball Classic charity game, held at the University of Portland's Chiles Center. s

Aldridge's plan had been carefully laid. Two weeks ago, he urged Blazers fans on Twitter to make Crawford "feel at home so he will sign with us!" Shortly thereafter, Miami Heat forward LeBron James began his own recruitment of Crawford, prompting Aldridge to write to James: "How are you going to try and steal Jamal Crawford from us?! I already told Portland to make him feel at home on the 6th."

Later, he told The Oregonian that the recruitment wasn't just a social media stunt.

"I would love for him to come play in Portland," Aldridge told the paper. "I put it out there so he knows I'm serious. If he really wants to do that, I wanted him to know I'm behind it." 

Aldridge even went so far as to stack the rosters so that Crawford would line up alongside Aldridge and fellow Blazers Raymond Felton and Wesley Matthews. All that work paid off.

During pre-game warm-ups on Sunday night, Crawford told CBSSports.com that the Blazers' interest in him is mutual.

"Yeah, definitely," Crawford said. "I've been watching the Blazers so long with Brandon [Roy] being one of my best friends. With LaMarcus here, Wes and Ray, it's almost close to a hometown team. I'm from Seattle. It's the closest thing we have to baketball right now." 

Crawford, 31, averaged 14.2 points and 3.2 assists for the Atlanta Hawks last season and was named the NBA's sixth man in 2010. The Hawks, after dishing out big dollar deals to guard Joe Johnson and big man Al Horford, and with forward Josh Smith on the books for big money already, opted not to offer Crawford an extension. 

"I think I would bring a little bit of everything to Portland," Crawford said. "Scoring, creating for other people. Trying to make the game easier for my teammates... I think they're a team on the rise."

That assessment was right in line with Aldridge's thought process. 

"He's a really good player," Aldridge told The Oregonian. "He doesn't mind coming off the bench. Or starting. He can bring a different dynamic to the team. He's great at pick and rolls; he's a really good shooter. When I get double teamed, it would leave him open in the corner."

Portland's backcourt currently includes Felton, who pencils in as the starting point guard, rookie Nolan Smith, who will likely be his backup and Patty Mills and Armon Johnson, who are expected to battle for third-string honors. At two guard, Matthews stepped into a starting role last year as Roy underwent dual knee surgeries but Roy promised to fight for his starting spot during exit interviews. It's possible, though, that the Blazers would use the Amnesty Clause to waive Roy. Sophomore Elliot Williams, who missed all of the 2010-2011 season after knee surgeries, is also on the roster.

"Starting, coming off the bench, it doesn't really matter to me," Crawford said.

With both Roy and Matthews locked into long-term deals, and with the Blazers stuck in the luxury tax last season, it's difficult to imagine they will have sufficient money to pay Crawford or minutes available to play him if Roy remains on the roster. Despite the roster jam and money drain, Crawford said that he felt that he and Roy could actually play in the same backcourt together, with Crawford defending point guards and Roy defending off guards.

"We've always talked about that," Crawford said. "We play together in the summer all the time, so we've always talked about that."
 
Aldridge's home team took home a 164-157 win in Sunday night's exhibition, with Crawford throwing down a put-back dunk in the final minute to secure the victory. Crawford finished with 18 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, a block and a steal. He drew plenty of cheers from the sold out crowd of 5,000 fans. Roy, who was scheduled to play, did not attend the game, and Aldridge said that Roy was absent because he was attending to a family matter.
  •  
Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:54 am
 

Jamal Crawford says Blazers' interest is mutual

Patty Mills is stuck in China



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:17 am
 

Jamal Crawford says Blazers' interest is mutual

Jamal might be willing to take a pay-cut to come play with the Blazers



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Jamal Crawford says Blazers' interest is mutual

Crawford will have value with almost every team given his 6th man status. The Portland interest will be determined by Roy's health. Its unfortunate that for what its worth, that Portland can't make a real push because of his salary.



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:11 am
 

Jamal Crawford says Blazers' interest is mutual

Hello!! Fashion,low price,Reliable quality,the good shopping places,
Cheap wholesale and retail Nike Air jordan shoes $40,
Nike shox shoes $40, Nike Air max shoes $41,
Nike Air Force one $40, Nike Dunk Shoes $42,
Gucci shoes $45, D&G shoes $46,
Timberland Shoes, LV shoes $46,
Griff Shoes, Women Boots,
belt $18, Hat $12,
sunglasses $16,
handbags,Jeans $39,
Watch,T-Shirt $20,
(NFL MLB NBA NHL) jerseys $25,
Free shipping,Accept paypal.
Welcome interested friends to order,
Maybe you will find suitable for your lover and friend's gift,
welcome to:====== ======



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:29 am
 

Jamal Crawford says Blazers' interest is mutual

I'm not an expert on Brandon Roy's health, but it appeared that he looked pretty effective in limited minutes coming off the bench last year. He is also the face of that franchise. If signing Crawford requires amnesty clause to be used on Roy, I wouldn't do it. Roy is just as effective as Crawford off the bench, and that is what Crawford is, a BENCH PLAYER, albeit one of the best in the game. Anything other than a 6th man, and you can see what happens with a guy like Ben Gordon.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com