Another day, another reported trade target for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Cavaliers are exploring a trade for Los Angeles Clippers swingman Jamal Crawford in deal that would be centered around Brendan Haywood's contract. According to Stein, the Cavs are pursuing a deal for Crawford partly due to the complexities of acquiring Joe Johnson from the Brooklyn Nets. The Cavs' interest in Johnson was reported yesterday by ESPN's Brian Windhorst.rawford, 35, was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year two years ago. Last season, he averaged 15.8 points for the Clippers - his lowest average since the 2005-06 season.
Crawford is set to make roughly $5.6 million next season in the last year of his contract, meaning the Clippers would have to include a little more salary in the deal for it to work. It's also possible that a third team could get involved to help facilitate. The Miami Heat are also reportedly interested in acquiring Crawford.
If the Cavs were to acquire Crawford, it would likely signal the end to J.R. Smith's time in Cleveland. Smith and Crawford have overlapping skill sets and the Cavs likely wouldn't need both.