Jamal Crawford Still Pushing for an Extension

by October 04, 2010

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.”