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The Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, and Indiana Pacers were the teams to contact unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford as soon as July 1 hit, according to a person very close to the situation.

I'll be honest here. I barely saw Crawford play this past season in Portland, but assuming he hasn't lost his game, he'd be a nice 3rd guard in my opinion. Very nice actually, because he'd take a lot of the backup ball handling abilities, freeing Avery Bradley. Crawford can also create his own shot, which is something the Celtics desperately need. Of course, as is always the case, it comes down to price. You don't want to spend too much on Crawford and then miss out on other important pieces.

If a GM is not contacting free agents as soon as it hits midnight, then he's not doing his job. Good to see Danny hard at work. In fact my guess is most GM's get a head start on this by talking to agents before July 1st, which is illegal, but hard as hell to prove. A GM can pretend to talk to an agent about another client of his, but really be having an exploratory talk about a free agent. My guess is this is what happened when the Sixers stole Elton Brand from the Clippers. Also, I wouldn't 100% trust that Pat Riley never talked to any of LeBron's people prior to July 1, 2010.

How do you feel about the possibility of Jamal Crawford on the Celtics?

Related: Celtics pursuing Jason Terry as possible Ray replacement

JR 7/01/2012 02:46:00 AM Edit
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