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Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  8 responses

Jamal Crawford Still Pushing for an Extension

Crawford has let it be known that his contractual situation is weighing heavily on his mind, and tells the AJC that he’s prepared to play for another team should the Hawks extend him: “At media day Monday he was careful to avoid talking about the possibility of leaving the Hawks. Now, with GM Rick Sund still not offering an extension and also resisting trade inquiries, Crawford sounds more urgent about the issue. ‘You think something is solid and a family you just want that to be what it is,’ Crawford said today ‘I would love to be here long term, no doubts about it. I would love to lock that up before I become a free agent. I want to make it work here. But if that is not the plan I guess I will go elsewhere.’ Crawford will make $10.1 million this year. He is seeking a new deal after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man Award while helping the Hawks to 53 victories and the No. 3 playoffs seed in the East. The uncertainty with the expiring collective bargaining agreement also is a major factor in his desire for an extension. Sund has declined comment on Crawford’s situation, citing his policy of not discussing players’ contracts. He typically hasn’t offered extensions on veteran contracts. The exceptions have been cases in which the player could expect a maximum contract in free agency like Joe Johnson. If Crawford were to become a free agent next summer, he would be among the top players available.”

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  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Over-rated player who just peaked.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    He’s a good bench option for the Hawks but the dude is already 30 and will turn 31 in March. How much longer would the Hawks realistically want to keep him around. Seems like the general extension is a 5 year deal that would mean that Crawford would be sucking money from ATL well into his mid 30s. Joe Johnson’s contract is already sucking the Hawks dry for years to come. This is a team that will need extra cash in the future, especially to replace Bibby, and cannot afford to pay Crawford long term. The best deal I think the Hawks would offer him would be a 3-year one around the mid level exception. That is if they offer him anything at all. There are younger players with his same scoring knack in the league.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    What? An NBA GM not wanting to overpay an aging scoring guard? What is this ‘Opposite Day’?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He should sit under the dinner table and hope JJ drops some crumbs down to him.. Nice 6th man, but I dont think the Hawks see him in their (long-term) plans..

  • Chris

    Prepared to play for another team if the hawks extend him?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    He played better than JJ in the playoffs.

  • t-sizzle

    love j.crawford, but getting old and too expensive! it’s okay craw, just play good and teams will still be after you for the mid-level once your contract’s over. i’m sure your family will be fed with another 3~5 mil on the table per year after. wouldnt be a bad idea to start investing in some biz playa|!

  • Chou

    Trade him for JR Smith!

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