But what about the Warriors? What are they going to do with Jamal Crawford and the $19.5 million left on his contract over the next two years -- if he doesn't opt out next July? More to the point, who is making the decisions in Golden State? This afternoon I spoke with Warriors GM Chris Mullin, who isn't concerned about his future at all -- because he is never concerned about things, even with the writing clearly on the wall.
"My situation is, my contract expires June 30," Mullin said in a phone interview. "I'm comfortable with that and how it plays out, I'm not quite sure. In the meantime, a lot of people talk about living one day at a time. I actually do, so I don't really get caught up in looking too far ahead. That's usually when I'm the most effective, when I stay in the moment. So for me, it's not really a thought at all. I know it gets speculated upon, but a lot of those things work themselves out naturally. In the meantime, I'm just trying to make the team better so I'm focused on that."
It's been apparent for some time that Al Harrington would not be a part of the plans in Golden State; he first asked to be traded, and specifically to the Knicks, back in April. Don Nelson essentially told Mullin that in exchange for Harrington, he wanted a locked-in, every-night scorer, either at the small forward or guard positions. Small ball is all well and good, but Nellie needed someone to score -- while Monta Ellis is recovering from his moped accident and after he returns. Crawford fits the bill, and gives Nelson the ability to play two bigs against some of the bigger Western Conference teams (Portland, the Lakers) without sacrificing a scoring punch. So there you go.
The game on everyone's mind Tuesday will be the Knicks hosting LeBron at Madison Square Garden. For those who like the road less traveled, there's always NBA League Pass and the new-look Warriors at the Wizards in coach Ed Tapscott's debut.