Clippers' Jamal Crawford says he 'can't worry about' trade rumors

Clippers' Jamal Crawford on trade rumors: 'I can't worry about stuff I can't control'

Jamal Crawford's name has been thrown around in various trade rumors involving the Clippers ahead of Thursday's NBA deadline.

"I can't worry about stuff I can't control," Crawford said Wednesday in the team's first practice since All-Star break. "I just have to do my job and be as professional as possible."

Crawford, the reigning sixth man of the year, is the third-leading scorer on the Clippers, averaging 16 points on 39.1% shooting in 26.9 minutes a game.

The Clippers reportedly are looking to see if they can use Crawford to acquire a first-round pick that could help them make a competitive offer for Denver's Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo, according to a report released Tuesday by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. According to the report, the Clippers are also interested in Phoenix's Gerald Green.

Crawford, a 34-year-old shooting guard, is used to being shuffled around after having played on six teams in his 15-season career. When asked if he's hurt that his name is coming up in rumors, Crawford acknowledged that it's a bit frustrating.

"What can you do?" he said. "What can you do besides play and try to do your job to the best of your abilities?"

Crawford wrote a tweet Tuesday that seemingly hinted at the rumors: "Learned early in life, one person's trash is another person's treasure..................."

When asked Wednesday what that tweet was in reference to, Crawford played coy.

"The good thing about Twitter [is] I'm the king of the subliminal," he said. "Some of them are basketball related, some of them aren't. You guys have to figure it out."

Clippers' Coach Doc Rivers said that the team is not looking to make any hasty moves, but he did say that the team will explore its options.

"I like our team," Rivers said. "If something presents itself where we feel like it makes us better, then we have to look at it. Honestly, I don't see that happening. But it could. The last 24 hours, I'm sure we'll get more active from other teams. If someone presents us with something or we like someone, then we'll pursue it, but other than that, [it's] typical day-before-the-trade deadline when everybody has questions and very little happens."

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