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Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:42 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 10:43 am
Posted by Royce Young

This trade demand hasn't quite captivated the NBA world quite like that one in Denver has. But nonetheless, Jamal Crawford made his wishes clear to the Hawks' front office. Pay me, or trade me somewhere that will.

But just like Carmelo Anthony, Crawford was in attendance in Atlanta and was all smiles for media day. He was there with a purpose: to set everything straight.

“I wasn’t close to not coming or anything but it was hard to get on that plane and come here,” Crawford told the media in Atlanta. “It really was. Because I’m in a weird space. I waited 10 years to get here, helping my team to one of the best home records in the league, snagging home court advantage and making the playoffs for the first time while helping the team to one of the best records in franchise history. It’s hard to be a part of all that and then feel like you are not a part of the future. But I’m a professional. And I need to make this clear, I want to be here, I want to be an Atlanta Hawk. If I’m not a part of the plan going forward, then that’s a conversation we need to have later.”

Teams have made calls about Crawford's availability with Sekou Smith of reporting that two clubs made "serious" inquiries. The Hawks rebuffed both requests.

Crawford is heading into the final year of his contract and will earn $11.1 million this season. But with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement ahead, Crawford and his representation are wanting to get paid before the potential lockout hits. Crawford's side hasn't been adamant with the trade demands. They've simply asked that Crawford be extended, or at least explore options for a trade so someone else can pay him if the Hawks won't.

The big hangup for the Hawks right now on offering the extension is that they paid Joe Johnson a ridiculous amount of money this summer and they're also working on Al Horford's extension. So Crawford has been pushed down the line a bit. But that doesn't mean he's willing to back off his original feelings. He still wants that extension before next July.

Smith said that new head coach Larry Drew didn't speak on the topic much, but did say Crawford has been handling the situation like a "pro."

And Crawford's words Monday backed all that up. He said he'll always be professional and that he doesn't want to be a problem or distraction. He called the situation "weird" and then went on to say, "You talk about your core pieces and the future and I just want to be a part of that. I want to be here in Atlanta. I love playing here with these guys and for these fans. I’m still hopeful that something works out, but obviously I don’t control this situation … but I have said all along that this is where I want to be.”

One stipulation though, Atlanta - you've got to pay him first.
Category: NBA

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 8:03 am

Crawford should test market..Double J damage ATL

I agree with almost everyone here..Joe Johnson IMO isnt a top tier all star..more like 2nd tier..he isnt in the D Wade/LeBron/Kobe league..those are the guys u give MAXED contracts...he is barely in the same league as Pierce.  ATL definitely fumbled the ball with this contract its ridiculous. And for 6 yrs?!..Joe Johnson only has 2 or 3 good yrs left in him..why in the heck would you sign him on for 6 yrs?! Unless they can comeup with a steal in a draft my home state's basketball team is DOOMED! Thanx ATL for giving Joe Johnson the key to F our team up!  Another thing...Joe Johnson basically did the same thing Shaq did in his last year in Miami..why the hell would they even want to keep him?! I wouldve shipped him out and rebuilt this team, he isnt worth the money, time or patience..he is just as much a diva as LeBron at times.  He didnt play like a leader in the playoffs last season so he should not be making a leader's salary.  All in all Joe Johnson has F'ed a team that once had greats like, Mookie Blaylock and Dominique Wilkins, up!  Once again thanx ATL..if I was Crawford Id definitely seek a team that actually cares about winning since ATL apparently doesnt. Sad to say but its the truth!

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:46 am

Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

The Atlanta Hawks will never be the favorites in the East the next few years because they signed Joe Johnson for too much money.  There is good paper and bad paper and that contract is bad paper.  How can you give that contract when he looked so bad against Orlando in the playoffs?  It's too bad because I liked this team.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:53 pm

Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

Optimism is nice, but I think it's safe to stop talking about the possible lockout in 2011. The lockout is happening. To put it in perspective, imagine Crawford demanding a ten-year contract for $250,000,000 from the Hawks and the Hawks countering with a one-year deal for a hundred grand. That's how far apart the two sides are. To be realistic, it's past time to wonder whether or not the league will lockout in 2011. Let's just hope we don't lose the whole season. I don't even know if the NBA can survive losing ten to twenty games.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:24 pm

Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

There is no question that Crawford wants more than a 6th man should ever make.  However, he really played like a starter after the All-Star Break.  He was "6th man" in name only, maybe to be able to win the pointless "6th man award."  So the Hawks need to decide if Crawfor is a 6th man or a starter.  Is Bibby the guy, and for how long?  Couldn't Crawfor take over that position if the Hawks feel he is too valuable to lose?

The Hawks got caught up in the free agent panic and paid way too much money for Joe Johnson so now they are hamstrung financially.  But they better figure out a way to make all of this work soon.  Without Crawford the Hawks would have been a different team, and not as good.

My one question is Jamal going to be as good this year as he was last year or was that a mirage?  He played out of his mind last year, but there was a reason he was not a starter and has not really been a starter before, so which Crawford will show up in 2010-2011?

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:38 pm

Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

Who cares if he is a 6th man? He gives you starters minutes and all star production. And he should be making 11m. You telling me Manu Ginobli should make pennies because he comes off the bench? He is just as important tothat team as any starter. If they don't re-sign Crawford the Hawks will stay a marginal team. I think signing Joe Johnson to that number was a mistake. He is a max player, but maybe for the Nets or Knicks who have no other proven perimeter shooter. For the Hawks, Joe Johnson takes bad shots, yea he make some but never in games where it counts. He will never be reliable because he chooses to fall back on his jump shot too often, Crawford can give you the same production Johnson gives you at a smaller price. He would probaly resign for 5 years at 55m which would save the Hawks bundles.

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:05 pm

Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

Holy cow, how long was I in that coma?  Sixth men are making $11 million/season & demanding long-term deals or trades.  What year is this, 2050?

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:24 am

Hawks' Crawford still wants that extension

If I'm the Atlanta Hawks, the last thing I do is sign Crawford to an extension for anything above $8 mil per year.  He's a 6th man on this team.  He can be replaced.  He's not worth the $11 mil we are paying him this year.  We should have taken care of this last year when we traded for him but that's in the past.

We gave Joe Johnson too much money this summer but I really can't blame them because the Hawks aren't even a playoff team without him.  We may regret it in 3-4 years but it was the best move for the next 2 years.  Al Horford should and will be next in line for an extension. 

The only solution I see to this problem is to package his expiring contract along with Josh Smith or Marvin Williams in some sort of trade to land an asset or two.

I've mentioned this trade offers before:

Nuggets get:

Jamal Crawford
Josh Smith
Marvin Williams
2011 1st Round Pick

Hawks get:

Carmelo Anthony
Nene Hilario
2011 2nd Round Pick

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