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Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:19 am
 
Posted by Matt Moore

Hey look, Jamal Crawford was polite. He waited till the ink was dry on Joe Johnson's new max contract before making it clear he wants more money over more years.

ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reports that Crawford has contacted Hawks management and informed them he wants a contract extension before his contract expires next year. Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was an integral part of the Hawks' success last season, which despite its dismal ending against the Magic, had the Hawks make the playoffs as the third seed, and sweep the Boston Celtics in regular season play. Crawford provided a dynamic scorer off the bench that overwhelmed opponents after they had exhausted personnel and schemes on containing Joe Johnson.

This move is likely one of the first of a series of extension requests that should come over the next few months. With the CBA negotiations in full lockdown, and a lockout an unavoidable eventuality, players will be wanting to avoid the stricter salary restrictions that will accompany the new agreement. As such, these kinds of requests should become the norm over the next few months.

The problem, of course, is that the Hawks have just given Joe Johnson a max contract, and along with all their other players, face a strict cap situation regardless of how the CBA works out. This is on top of the fact that Al Horford will need either an extension or re-signing at the end of his rookie contract. With Horford sharing Johnson's agent, Arn Tellem, and with him being an All-Star, there's a good chance the Hawks may not be able to commit the money to Crawford. This is what happens when you choose to spend the boat on the nicest oar onboard.

Comments

Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Jamal Crawford

The only reason he's asking for more money is because he deserves it... and because the Hawks need him. So the hawks pretty much need and probaly will give more $$$$$$$$$$$......(this comes from a hawks fan).



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2010 4:54 pm
 

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

You know the economy is bad when it is now effecting the millionaire athletes.  Crawford is a good sixth man who is looking to cash in before the lockout.  Gotta admit that he is doing the logical thing for himself, albeit selfish and taking away from the team's ability to sign more players.  Let him play out his deal and then deal with him in the new NBA economy.  If he doesn't like it, make him sit out.  



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

joe johnson is a solid player, but he's not a max contract player, and with crawford, he is a new version of allen iverson, he scores in bunches, one demensional and really doesn't apply himself defensively. moreover, he is traveled
to two teams before landing with the hawks and i'd like to see crawford be more consistant with both ends court play and average more assists before i'd offer him a $$$ large/multi year reward. 



Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

Key word is "IF".......so because of the potential lockout, every single player should request for more $$$?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

This could be the downfall of the Hawks. They spent all their money on a tier 2 superstar but the key to their success and future success goes way past Joe Johnson. JJ has never proven to be a go to guy at the level of a D Wade or a Kobe yet he has max money.

This team without Crawford and a few other pieces is ordinary at best. JJ is not going to carry them once they lose some talent due to his huge, overpaid salary.

Too bad- a nice foundation was forming in Atlanta.



Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:35 am
 

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

This move is likely one of the first of a series of extension requests that should come over the next few months. With the CBA negotiations in full lockdown, and a lockout an unavoidable eventuality, players will be wanting to avoid the stricter salary restrictions that will accompany the new agreement. As such, these kinds of requests should become the norm over the next few months.
You forgot to read the article again, didn't you?  
If a lockout occurs in 2011 (and it looks more and more certain), who will be the teams with cap space who will try and sign J. Crawford for more $$$$? 
The new CBA will have a lower ceiling on per year salary maximums and might alter the "Larry Bird" rule.  I would not count on the pursestrings being quite as loose under the new CBA.



Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:15 am
 

Jamal Crawford would like some more, thanks

Mr. Crawford, you only have 1 year left on your contract. Play out the contract and there will be plenty of other teams with cap space who will try and sign you for more $$$$. What's up with these clowns? Things will work itself out, I am sure everybody in the NBA thinks they are underpaid. Besides, who would want to play for the Hawks anyway????


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