Spears’ Latest: Crawford, Rockets, Rondo, Evans

We heard on Thursday that multiple Warriors players are lobbying for the front office to go after Jamal Crawford in free agency, but Golden State isn’t the only team that will kick the tires on the veteran scorer. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the Pelicans, Sixers, Cavaliers, and Nuggets are also expected to show interest in Crawford, who is focusing on finding the right fit.

“For any player in free agency, fit and situation is so important,” Crawford told Spears. “You see players in one situation and they go to another and they look totally different. I’ve been around long enough to know that the player didn’t change. May just be the situation that he’s in. There is nothing wrong with that either. It’s all a part of growing and taking something positive out of that.

“For me, fit and situation may be even more important, because coming off the bench, you have to be able to make something happen for your team in a smaller amount of time,” Crawford continued. “So I truly have to have the right fit, and that was part of the reason I opted out (of his contract with the Timberwolves).”

Spears passes along several more notes on free-agents-to-be, so let’s round up the highlights…

  • In addition to working on re-signing Chris Paul and Clint Capela, the Rockets will also make an effort to retain Luc Mbah a Moute and Gerald Green, according to Spears, who suggests that Trevor Ariza could end up as the odd man out in Houston.
  • Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins are good friends, but Rondo would like to re-sign with the Pelicans regardless of whether Cousins stays or goes, per Spears.
  • The Grizzlies have interest in re-signing Tyreke Evans, but there’s a belief that he’ll be too expensive for Memphis to retain him, according to Spears. The Grizzlies don’t have Evans’ Bird rights, so they can only offer him their mid-level exception.
  • Although Avery Bradley is considered likely to land elsewhere, the Clippers do have interest in re-signing him, a source tells Spears.
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12 thoughts on “Spears’ Latest: Crawford, Rockets, Rondo, Evans

  1. victorg

    I think you have to let Ariza walk and get paid somewhere else… Luc on a low deal makes a lot of sense.

  2. WubbaLubbaDubDub

    Crawford coming off the bench for the Sixers would be a pretty fun lineup to watch.

  3. all in ad

    Avery B is a dog on defense. Clips should retain to show the pups how to play D.

  4. greg1

    AB would fit a lot of places, but would love him with the Spurs. Green needs to move to the bench, or get tossed off the ship.

    • padam

      He’d be a nice replacement for Green, but I think the plan is to give Walker a shot at the spot once Green is gone (one more year). Bradley is better than a bench player.

    • FromTheCheapSeats

      That’s a good fit. And based on how the Kawhi situation plays out, they may have as much cap space as anybody.

  5. I am not sure Luc can replace Ariza, maybe in D but he hasn’t got Trevor’s shot, overall Ariza is the best player, Houston should pay to keep him.

  6. GrizzTony

    Wallace should have taken 2nd round picks for Tyreke Evans at the trade deadline instead of holding out…for nothing. Just another blunder by the Grizzlies front office.

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