Kennedy On Clippers, Allen, Celtics, Crawford

Here's a look at some highlights from tonight's column from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld..

  • Over the next week and a half, the Clippers will make a strong push to land a starting shooting guard, according to multiple sources close to the situation.  Los Angeles has been in search of a two-guard ever since losing Chauncey Billups for the year.  As of right now, Randy Foye and Travis Leslie are the only true shooting guards on the roster and the club has expressed interest in Ray Allen and Jamal Crawford, according to sources.
  • The Celtics aren’t actively shopping Allen but are listening to offers.  It’s unclear what Boston would want in exchange for the 36-year-old, though many teams have expressed interest in him.
  • Sources say that Crawford will opt-out of the final year of his contract to test free agency this summer and the Trail Blazers may look to move him before the deadline.  The Clippers are expressing interest along with the Timberwolves.  The Clips tried to sign-and-trade for Crawford over the offseason, but the Hawks didn’t want to take back any contracts.
  • Other two-guards who could be on the move include the Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee of the Rockets, and Anthony Morrow of the Nets.  If any of the three guards are made available, the Clippers can be expected to be in the mix.  Recently, I broke down the case for New Jersey parting with Morrow.
  • Sources believe that the Magic will hold onto Dwight Howard past the trade deadline.  There are members of the organization who remain optimistic that Howard will re-sign this summer if the right moves are made.  The Magic will pursue players like Steve Nash and Monta Ellis before the deadline, but it'll be an uphill battle due to their lack of trade chips outside of Howard.

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