Jamal Crawford has been a journeyman his entire NBA career, despite being a star in his own right.
The reserve shooting guard, who was named NBA sixth man of the year in 2010 and 2014, has played for six teams over his 15-season career, most recently with the Clippers, where he averaged 15.8 points and 2.5 assists off the bench.
The Clippers’ roster is heavy on shooting guards with J.J. Redick and Lance Stephenson, and Crawford’s partially guaranteed contract ($5.7 million) could definitely be used as trade bait. On Tuesday, Crawford said on Twitter that he was unsure whether he would be part of the team next season.
During a Q&A with fans he was asked whether he was still with the Clippers. His response: “I think”.
Crawford was also asked why he’s not a starter for a different team. His response: "??”
Crawford has played for the Clippers for three years, but was not among the group of players who went to DeAndre Jordan’s home in Houston last Wednesday to persuade the free agent center to remain with the team. After the Clippers re-signed Jordan that evening, Coach Doc Rivers addressed rumors that Crawford was on the trading block.
“We like Jamal,” Rivers said in a conference call on Thursday. “Jamal does something that only several people do, Lou Williams, and a couple of more guys. Our job is to always improve our team, but we also respect and love what Jamal has done. The rumors about that is even crazy, but it is what it is, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
On Tuesday a fan asked Crawford how he copes with the rumors. Responded Crawford: “go work even harder”.