One day after reaching a surprising agreement with center Tyson Chandler, the New York Knicks are attempting to acquire another notable free agent. The Knicks are zeroing in on Jamal Crawford and trying to add the veteran shooting guard through a sign-and-trade, according to sources close to the situation.
The Knicks contacted Crawford’s camp on Friday and are trying to sell him on the situation. Crawford would have to take a significant pay cut to join the Knicks, but sources say he’s open to the idea.
New York is over the cap and has no exception money. They also have few trade assets to offer. If the Hawks were willing to do a sign-and-trade with New York built around Renaldo Balkman’s $1.67 million deal, Bill Walker’s $916,000 deal and Toney Douglas’ $1.145 million deal, the Knicks would be sending out $3.73 million in salaries. The new collective bargaining agreement would allow New York to take back 150 percent plus or minus $100,000, which would give Crawford a starting salary of $5.6 million.
Last season, Crawford averaged 14.2 points for the Atlanta Hawks. In 2010, Crawford won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Mike Woodson, who is now an assistant coach with the Knicks, coached Crawford in Atlanta and the two are still very close.
The Knicks are doing whatever they can to surround Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire with talent. The addition of Chandler was a start and they’d love to add Crawford to their core as well.
Giving up TD's defense for Jamal's offense on a stacked offensive team?
Are we so convinced with Chandler's interior D that we subtract from our perimeter D? Crawford is not a defender, even in the slightest sense of the word.
I can see how he'd work in a perfect world: create spacing, break down defenses and so on, but Crawford is a notorious chucker, and probably less of a marksman from range than Douglas. He can create offense, but after years of watching him in NY, it is rarely for the sake of playmaking - as opposed to shot creating for himself.
ANd now that Woodson's on board, are we looking to emulate his Hawks back court of Bibby and JC? Seems a bit odd, no?
We don't need a perimeter ball handler that isn't going to pass the ball. That's that, IMO.
With a front court that rebounds well between TC and Melo defensively, and blocks shots well between TC and Amar'e, we have a, potentially, top 10 perhaps top 8 defensive front court, IF there is a solid culmination between them.
Our front court is sweet - and I'm loving it.
When I think back court, I initially consider what we need from them:
When considering our Eastern conference competition alone, the balance of power has swung from West to East behind the trades and acquisitions of the league's premier back court players:
Rose, Wade, Jennings, Iguodala, Rondo, Holiday, Allen and so on. Now that the Nets are looking at adding Dwight Howard, stopping - or at least containing - Deron Williams is paramount. That is a tandem that could haunt the Knicks for the next 8 years. Perish the thought! Even if they don't get Howard, we don't want our rival team's best player lighting us up at any point at any time. PERIOD.
So in seeing the benefactors of acquiring Jamal Crawford, you have to wonder: "is he the guy for the job?" Come playoff time, do we really want the likes of Rose and Wade to catch fire against us? With Crawford feigning defense against them, that seems likely - no - inevitable.