The Cleveland Cavaliers, it seems, are still interested in acquiring Jamal Crawford and they aren't the only team in pursuit.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Cavs - along with the New York Knicks - are interested in acquiring Crawford from the Los Angeles Clippers. Crawford, 35, is about to entire the final year of his contract and has been the subject of trade rumors all summer. The Cavs have been linked to Crawford throughout the summer and in August, it was reported that Crawford would like to play for the Cavs. He will make $5.225 million in 2015-16.
The Knicks have expressed interest in acquiring Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, according to a source.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) August 18, 2015
Jamal Crawford, the former Knick, is also being pursued by the Cavs. Crawford is entering the final year of his contact.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) August 18, 2015
Were the Cavs to acquire Crawford, it would require the use of the trade exception created when Brendan Haywood was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in late July. It would likely also signal that the Cavs likely won't be bringing back J.R. Smith, who is still a free agent.
Last year with the Clippers, Crawford averaged 15.8 points for the Clippers while shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from three. It remains to be seen if this deal actually comes to fruition - or if the Clippers are even interested in dealing Crawford - but if Crawford were to become a Cavalier, there would be a clear role for him to fill. There are worse players - and fits - that the Cavs could acquire with their trade exception.