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Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:46 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 7:04 pm
 
Jamal Crawford could be headed out of Portland just months after he arrived. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Portland Trail Blazers were seeking a first round pick in a trade package for guard Jamal Crawford. Potential suitors included the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers. Add to that list the Indiana Pacers.

A league source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com later Thursday that reported talks between the Blazers and Pacers are "legitimate" and have included a scenario that would send Crawford to Indiana for guard A.J. Price and a 2012 first round pick. Indiana has sufficient salary cap space to absorb Crawford's contract without matching salaries. 

The Pacers were first linked to interest in trading for Crawford by ESPN.com and reportedly had interest in Crawford's services back in December, before the Seattle native elected to sign with the Blazers after also considering the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings. Crawford's name has surfaced in rumors since shortly after he became trade-eligible on March 1.

Indiana, the source said, is hesitant to part with a first round pick, given the quality and depth of this year's draft pool as well as Crawford's contract situation. Indeed, trading for Crawford and his $5 million salary amounts to a low-risk 2-month rental. 

Crawford's player option for 2012-2013 -- and the uncertainty that goes with it -- could be hurting his value during early trade talks. 

"The first team to give Portland a first round pick for Crawford will have him," the source predicted.

Crawford's Portland tenure hasn't worked out as expected. The Blazers are currently in the Northwest Division basement and Crawford has seen his role change and playing time vacillate due to Nicolas Batum's promotion to starting two guard and the ongoing struggles of point guard Raymond Felton

There are links between Indiana and Portland executives. Indiana's director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard previously served as GM for the Blazers, before being fired on the night of the 2010 NBA Draft. Pritchard's hand-picked director of college scouting, Chad Buchanan, is currently serving as Acting GM for the Blazers, after previous GM Rich Cho was fired in May 2011.

Crawford, 31, is averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 assists in 26.8 minutes per game for the Blazers this season.
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Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 12, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

Cool crawford and wallace for  granger and pendergraph



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 11, 2012 10:55 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

i  say craford for for hansenbrough



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

Who cares? The Blazers suck. Every year all we hear is how Portland is gonna do this or that. Talk when you actually can win a playoff series. Portland fans (and their announcers too) are the biggest whiners out there. They put Tommy Heinsohn to shame, and that is no small feat. I used to kind of like the Blazers, until I moved to Portland and found out hopw myopic their fan base is. Truth be told, they need to do what the Cavaliers did and blow the whole thing up and start over. LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicholas Batum are not gonna get any better than what they are now, which is above average players. They may make the playoffs, but they'll get drilled again like they always do.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

Really? Blazers are considering a trade of a current starting guard for a 'not so good' player and first-round pick? Is that really worth it? They need a friggin GUARD- POINT GUARD! You trade Crawford for someone decent or decent-ish and pick/s. I'll take the Ridnour/Barea trade and a 1st rounder. Minnesota is pretty stacked with young talent and needs to trim the fat so this would be likely. Or with Clips, Mo Williams would be nice with a pick. Seriously though, Pacers aren't that tempting unless talks of Collison or Hill are in the mix. Blazers would be stupid to take the Price trade. 



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:26 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

Crawford sucks.  Don't do it Larry!



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:00 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

cir-
It makes them better, yes, but not good enough to do any damage
Agreed!



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:37 pm
 

Blazers, Pacers talk Jamal Crawford trade

Crawford would have been smart to sign with the Pacers anyways.  I don't see why they would give up a first rounder in a deep draft to get a guy who is going to leave next year anyways.  He already opted not to sign with the Pacers in December...why would he stay this time?  He's not going to put them ahead of the Bulls or Heat anyways, so this trade serves little purpose.  It makes them better, yes, but not good enough to do any damage.


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