Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at 11:09 am  |  25 responses

Jamal Crawford Wants to Extension or Trade

Jamal Crawford has told the Hawks that he either wants an extension or to be traded before the season starts. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Jamal Crawford has told the Hawks he wants to be traded before the 2010-11 season if the team doesn’t offer a contract extension to his liking, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Crawford, whose current contract expires after the season, asked the Hawks for an extension last month but has yet to receive an answer from the team. If Atlanta balks at offering Crawford what he considers an extension reflecting his market value then he would rather play elsewhere for the final season of his contract, according to the person familiar with the circumstances.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    They’d be wise to keep him…

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    I’ve been following the League for two decades now, but is the climate of the NBA changing? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive and I understand there have always been trade requests and players just wanting to move on, but it’s the tone lately that seems all a bit harsh. You know, with CAA and Melo, and now this…. I’m probably wrong though. Sure, it’s a business, but there are different ways to handle yourself while doing business.

  • Overtime

    cosign Gerard Himself, players are getting very up themselves

  • Dirtybird

    Thanks for your services Jamal. They still have to extend Horford.

  • Nigel

    Man, no one is backing down from voicing their opinions lately.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    After what they gave JJ, I’m not sure both Horford and Crawford is a possibility.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “Jamal Crawford wants to extension”? I’d like to see how someone “extensions”.


    Jamal is gonna get traded. BOOK IT!

  • MikeC.

    @ Gerard. I totally agree. Players used to quietly request trades, then simply mail in entire seasons until they got what they wanted and screwed their team by decreasing their trade value. I miss the simpler times of Half-man Half-a-Season Vince Carter. Seriously though, I think the new CBA negotiations have dudes spooked. They want to lock in now.

  • MikeC.

    it’s going to be the guys like Jamal that get clipped the most with the next labor agreement. Megastars will still get paid megamoney. With a new CBA and no Isiah in the league, these lower-tier guys are worried about their money.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Its all about cba right now

  • andre anglais

    MikeC, I agree 100%, with one caveat – its not the players, but the agents, that are spooked by the upcoming lockout (I think its best if we lose the pretence that there is going to be a CBA in place and just start getting ready for it).

  • http://queerballs.tumblr.com dma

    where is eddy curry’s rant?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Gerard.. Thats why I really liked 90s NBA, guys stuck with their team thru thick and thin.. Trading of (big-name) players was pretty uncommon.. When he was drafted, I wouldnt think Shaq would be on his 6th team now..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I could be way off, but it seems back then guys played more for the love of the game, not to see how many hundreds of millions of dollars they can fit in their bank account(s).

  • robz

    yea MELO and CRAWFORD shud go to d BULLS team…yeaya wif JR SMITH & KENYON MARTIN RYT?

  • flash

    LOL @ Enigmatic

  • MikeC.

    @BossTerry – I’m not sure if was just dudes sticking with their teams as much as the lack of non-stop over the top media exposure. Back in the prehistoric days of dial-up Internet (such as the the 90′s), it took longer for these media leaks to worm around. If a dude griped in public, there was more time for an agent, PR rep or GM to step in and squash it. Not all of the players are as dumb as some would have us believe. Some use the media just like the media use them, however, some players are just flat-out dumb and pop off to the media, or twit to their twittery (I refuse to acknowledge the existence of the twitting platform), and get caught up. Back in the day, players had to consciously go to the press and make their feelings known. Now, they can just pull out their iphone, twit out a twittery, and the damage is done, because it gets recycled repeatedly until a story exists.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Well said Mike C.. Well said… But It seems like guys are changing teams like they change cars.. U look at the David Robinsons, Ewings, Olojuwons, Those guys stuck with their teams even when they were down, yeah 2 of them were traded, but not by (their) choice… I am, and always will be an NBA fan, but feel bad for the kids who will have a favorite player in their city for 3-4 years before their “hero” bolts on them.. If you told me 10 years ago that a h.o.fer like Shaq would play on 6 teams in his career, I would say ur full of ish..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Its a business, I know this, and accept it.. (im not even talking about Crawford). I’ve taken my daughter to many Blazer games over the years, and her favorite player was Travis Outlaw, and was devistated when he was traded.. Kinda reminded me of how I felt when Clyde was traded for Otis Thorpe, but Clyde gave us many, many great years, and I was happy for him when he got his ring..

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Crawford is likely putting the pressure on because he realises with the signing of JJ he won’t be starting any time soon, so he may as well get his money.

    In regards to the love of the game comments; I don’t think these copycat Lebrons have any less love of the game, they want to win instead of money, and Lebrons superfriends team has restructured what is necessary for winning.

    Though yes, I do wish we could just rewind back to the Decision and Lebron could say “I’m staying in Cleveland”. I was thinking the other day about how people could stop players leaving and the first thing that popped into my head was “draft local” except look how that turned out for the Cavs..

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    I’m glad guys like BossTerry and Mike C are here. And BossTerry, what you said about Shaq: I completely agree. His sixth team, never saw that coming back in the days. And then something else: the only problem I have with LeBron is the way he did it. I don’t mind him leaving, we shouldn’t hate on him because he left, it happens. But like I said in my first post: it’s the way you handle your business, either with class, or not.

  • ConeyIslander

    J Crawford is BETTER than Joe Johnson,,,YES, I said it!

  • T-Money

    I seriously don’t know why fans are mad that players are trying to make the most money they can. It’s not like that money is going to charity, it’s either in the owners’ pockets or the players’ pockets. Quite frankly, I really dont care who gets it as long as the product is entertaining.

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