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Crawford to Hawks?

Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:20 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2009 6:23 pm
The Hawks and Warriors are discussing a trade that would send shooting guard Jamal Crawford to Atlanta for a pair of point guards, Speedy Claxton and Acie Law, a person familiar with the talks confirmed to

Those are the key components of the deal, which has yet to be consummated, the person with knowledge of the dialogue said Wednesday. It is a curious move from the Warriors' standpoint, to say the least. With the seventh pick in Thursday's draft, Golden State was believed to have been targeting Davidson guard Stephen Curry. Like the Knicks, who hold the eighth pick, the Warriors must be privy to the rumblings that Curry won't get past Minnesota, which has the fifth and sixth picks -- if they keep them. So by trading Crawford, does Golden State believe it's making room for Curry? Or is Warriors GM Larry Riley trying to accumulate assets to be used in an attempt to trade up?

The Hawks would rid themselves of two sources of disappointment left over from the Billy Knight regime. Knight overpaid Claxton with a four-year, $25 million contract, only to see Claxton languish on the bench and serve little purpose. Law, the 11th overall pick by the Hawks in 2007, did little to convince the new regime, led by former Sonics GM Rick Sund, that he would develop into a viable replacement at point guard for Mike Bibby. Crawford is owed more than $19 million over the next two seasons and doesn't seem to fit.

"That tells you they're going to draft a point guard [Thursday]," one league source said. "They better, or they're in trouble."

More on this one as details become available.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2009 10:19 am

Crawford to Hawks?

Good question gopack. Jamal Crawford is certainly an improvement in shooting for the Hawks and will take pressure off Joe Johnson but that would mean he needs to get on the floor WITH Johnson, not backing him up.  Besides, I dont know if Crawford still possesses the speed to run with this athletic group a whole 4 quarters. I think this was more a move to clear out roster spots in order to take a heir apparent to Mike Bibby in the draft. Plus, they give up some lackluster reserves and still get a guy who can start on a number of squads. I'd like to see them pick up Ty Lawson who would get them up and down the floor faster than they do now...and thats pretty fast.

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2009 10:10 am

Crawford to Hawks?

I like this move if the Hawks re-sign Bibby. I think Atlanta needs to draft/trade for size that can score and be a extra body for the times they need extra fouls. How many times did a team with a center draw fouls on all the Hawks forwards. I like to call it the 4th quarter blues.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2009 12:15 am

Crawford to Hawks?

Not sure what to make of this trade, but it can't be as bad as most of the Hawks' past drafts (Adam Keefe, Priest Lauderdale, Roshown Macleod, Cal Bowdler and Dan Dickau all immediately come to mind), trades (Steve Smith for Isiah Rider is the penultimate in boneheadedness, but Pau Gasol for Shareef Abdur Rahim was no stroke of genius either) or our free agent signings (anyone who thought Glenn Robinson was going to be a savior was a moron).

So, great to finally part ways with another brilliant free agent signing in Speedy Claxton (amazing that the Hawks have paid three years of a four year $25 million deal for all of 10 games maybe?), and it seems as though we're getting a larger, veteran 'tweener in exchange for Acie Law, who's a tweener himself.  Law was great in college for Texas A&M, but he was never the answer (nor will he ever be the answer) at PG when the Hawks drafted him (after whiffing on Deron Williams and Chris Paul in drafting Marvin the year before that, although Marvin is still young).

Crawford is definitely a proven scorer, but looking at his career numbers, I'm not sure how anyone could think he's a better shooter than Joe Johnson.  He hasn't distinguished himself shooting the 3 ball (except for the year before last which appears to be a one year aberration) and his career shooting percentage is closer to Mookie Blaylock 38% territory than to J.J.'s.  If he's great slashing to the basket and driving to the 'hole, however, I can see why Sund would make the move - it gives the Hawks offense more options other than just clearing out and letting Joe drive to the hole with the shot clock winding down, which the Hawks have unimaginatively done to excess the past three years. 

I'm guessing that with this trade, the Hawks intend to part ways with Bibby, or expect him to come back at a fraction of last year's salary, and that they expect to draft a true PG tomorrow (consensus here seems to be Ty Lawson, but I'll be surprised if he's available that far down; still, this appears to be a nice deep draft for a true PG).  They may also let Flip Murray and/or Mo Evans walk with an eye towards bringing back Josh Childress, whose rights they still hold - that would be a significant improvement in the backcourt - but that's a lot of ifs and buts.

Ultimately, what the Hawks really need to do is find a way to hang on to Zaza Pachulia without breaking the bank (that dude has been a bargain for a banger/scorer off the bench the past couple of years), and to try and find another free agent, veteran low post scorer/banger.  
;Our lack of a competent back to the basket low post scorer really got exposed by Cleveland.  I wished JJ, Horford and Marvin were healthier for that series, but that's why you take care of business quickly in the first round instead of getting stretched to seven games.


Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:08 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

This trade seems like a no-brainer for the Ws. They want rid of Crawford, but he wasn't going to opt-out.  In exchange they get Acie Law, who has 2 years left on a cheap rookie deal, and Speedy Claxton, who is retired and insurance will pay 80% of his salary.  Why the Hawks want Crawford is beyond me.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 8:39 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

If your the Hawks GM, you don't resign Mike Bibby.  Bibby gave the Hawks a couple of good years and better point guard play than they have had since Mookie Blaylock, but resigning Mike Bibby could kill this team.  Bibby has lost a step...or two and is only going to get slower.  He had less assists than Joe Johnson and was a defensive liability numerous times last season.  I'm a big Hawks fan and I'm praying that Sunde does the right thing at looks at the current Mike Bibby and just not the name Mike Bibby.  Hawks could use that money and spend it in other areas of a true center or a bruising power foward who can rebound the hell out of the ball.  In the draft they need to go with a point guard....ohhh it would be nice if Flynn fell to 19 but no chance.  Still, I would love to see Ty Lawson running the point for the Hawks.  This team needs to get up and down the floor. 

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 8:38 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

Yes I said better shooter than Joe Johnson.  Jamal Crawford is a better pure shooter than Joe Johnson and by trading for Jamal we rid ourselves of the last 2 Billy Knight mistakes and take some pressure off of Joe Johnson to score 40 every night.  If anyone watched the Hawks as much as I did this past year (which I assure you, you didn't) then you would realize that Joe Johnson wore down late in the season and in the playoffs which ended up costing us in the Cavs series.  Crawford can play alongside Joe with no problems and please no one say anything about Josh Smith being part of the offense.  Smooth might be our worst offensive player and should never be more than a 4th option on any team.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 7:46 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

best shooter on the team?  don't they have joe johnson?

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 6:27 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

I seriously struggle to see why the Hawks would do this. Crawford and Joe Johnson on the same team makes absolutely no sense! They do exactly the same thing and JJ is WAY better!!! Scorer the Hawks need? It ain't Crawford. He's a ballhoggin' O killer! This limits Hawks ability to re-sign Bibby drastically and Craw is no pure PG to take over for him. It was the trade for Bibby that ignited this recent Hawks run along with the JJ signing and some crafty drafting. While there were bumps in the road for Knight, if this major salary taking move of this new regime thinks Craw is the answer, then congratulations... you now have Isiah Thomas running your team! You guys want Eddy Curry for Josh Smith too? How bout Q? Gonna go trade with the Clippers for Zach Randolph next, i hear they're depserate to trade him!

Also: Didn't Warriors mgmt just meet with Ellis to assure him they weren't going to take S Curry and move him to the 2? This would be inline with that from their standpoint, getting Law to be the PG backup, knowing Minn is taking him, etc. Otherwise, they will be overloaded with Gs... AGAIN! I still think Warriors take Jordan Hill. Better to have too many bigs.

This would be a win for the Warriors. Saves them money and rids them of a player they never really wanted but were glad to take for a few months to be able to see Al Harrington leave town.

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 6:08 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

I am in bay area and from what i see the talks that this trade is little head scrathing i was ok with crawford nelle was not simply said. i did like acie law he fits the system the run and gun that the warriors have. I REALLY want curry he is going to be stud, i wish rubio would be there like we trade people to go up and get him but there is no way that will happen warriors are chickens. But we need point gaurd bad monty is not the answer he is good at shooting. I want curry or rubio ,harden would be awesome he will be good in my opinion. I really hope they dont go for hill he is over rated and we dont need a big it never works for our system till nelle leaves we will never get a big guy in a draft. I not a fan really of the guys out of college the freshmen like evens daroza and jennings i really dont trust them they could be studs but who knows. I like patty mills at end of draft and i also like ty lawson would be good fit in our system but with the crawford trade i would have rather we could have gotten some draft picks so we could trade up if we wanted to. All and all i hope warriers get a point gaurd and train him right come on steph curry!!!!

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 6:03 pm

Crawford to Hawks?

I like the move for the Hawks.  The Hawks struggled to score points at times during the season and Crawford is a proven scorer.  He automatically comes in as the best shooter on the team.  We really  didn't give up much either.  My question is where does Crawford fit in the starting lineup unless he starts at the point but he isn't a true PG.  Either way we got the scorer we need.

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