Atlanta Hawks: Jamal Crawford wants trade if Hawks don’t extend his contract

Crawford wants out of Atlanta if he doesn't get an extension.

Crawford wants out of Atlanta if he doesn't get an extension.

Jamal Crawford has told the Hawks he wants to be traded before the 2010-11 season if the team doesn’t offer a contract extension to his liking, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Crawford, whose current contract expires after the season, asked the Hawks for an extension last month but has yet to receive an answer from the team. If Atlanta balks at offering Crawford what he considers an extension reflecting his market value then he would rather play elsewhere for the final season of his contract, according to the person familiar with the circumstances.

The person did not want to be identified because neither Crawford nor the Hawks have commented on his desire for an extension. Hawks GM Rick Sund, who is on vacation, declined comment tonight through a team spokesman.

Sund’s practice has been to not extend contracts for veteran players who aren’t on their rookie-scale contracts.

Crawford, 30, will make $10.1 million in 2010-11. The Hawks acquired him in a trade with Golden State last summer and he thrived in a reserve role, often finishing games alongside Joe Johnson.

Crawford averaged 18 points during the regular season and 16.3 in the playoffs, both second on the team behind Johnson. Members of the media voted Crawford the league’s Sixth Man of the Year.

According to the person familiar with the situation, Crawford prefers to stay in Atlanta after he qualified for the playoffs for the first time in his 11 NBA seasons. But without a long-term commitment from the Hawks Crawford doesn’t want to play out the final season of his contract in Atlanta, the person said.

The Hawks may not have the financial will to add an extension for Crawford to their future salary commitments.

Signing Crawford to a large extension would likely push the Hawks’ 2010-11 payroll above the salary cap. Atlanta has about $50 million in salaries committed to 2011-12, including $18 million for Johnson and $12.4 million for forward Josh Smith.

In addition to those committed salaries, the Hawks might need to maintain flexibility to retain All-Star center Al Horford. Atlanta can work out a contract extension with Horford by November; if not, he would become a restricted free agent next season and could sign an offer sheet with another team that the Hawks would have the right to match.

If the Hawks decide to trade Crawford, they likely wouldn’t have much trouble finding good value in return. His scoring ability and expiring contract make him a valuable asset for teams seeking a talented shooting guard and/or salary relief following the season.

Crawford is seeking a contract extension while his value is high, but the uncertainty surrounding the expiring collective bargaining agreement and deals signed by other top sixth men also likely are contributing to his urgency.

The current labor agreement expires after the 2010-11 season and owners are seeking major concessions from players for the new CBA. If Crawford becomes a free agent next summer, he could be facing more restrictive contract rules under the new labor deal.

In determining his market value, Crawford is likely looking to contracts signed by fellow veteran reserve guards Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and Ben Gordon.

Ginobili, who turned 33 last month, signed a three-year extension with San Antonio in April that’s worth about $39 million. Terry was 29 when Dallas signed him to a free-agent contract for $57 million over six years. And Gordon was 26 when he signed with Detroit last summer for five years and $58 million with a player option for the final season.

MC

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STRETCH

August 27th, 2010
9:11 pm

CONFEDERATE DAWG

August 27th, 2010
9:14 pm

DAMN HAWKS COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN. WE AINT GOT BRON OR DHOW. THATS THE BREAKS…. JUST KEEP TRYING HAWKS. I ENJOY OUR TEAM JUST HURTS WHEN THAT LAST TEAM WOMPS US.
ONELOVE GA

STRETCH

August 27th, 2010
9:14 pm

Now that that is out of the way, this answers the Hawks big man problem if Sund and Jamal dont come to an agreement! I really think Jordan C can step in and fill Jamals roll next season. IMO…they need to move Jamal(as much as i hate to see him go) while he(6th man of the year) still has value!

Zach

August 27th, 2010
9:15 pm

well that’s not good.

James

August 27th, 2010
9:17 pm

Hit the road Jamal. We got Jordan to replace this guy. Way to burn bridges you douchebag.

Najeh Davenpoop

August 27th, 2010
9:18 pm

The only logical explanation for this SG-rich team drafting Jordan Crawford was that they would use Jamal’s $10 million expiring contract for trade bait. I’d expect to see Jamal get traded, maybe not before the season starts, but definitely before the trade deadline.

Whether or not the Hawks manage to trade him for players who are actually useful remains to be seen.

BC

August 27th, 2010
9:18 pm

mike

August 27th, 2010
9:20 pm

great. we have absolutely no money. hope jordan crawford really steps it up in camp

Sara

August 27th, 2010
9:20 pm

Man I don’t want to see Jamal go.

chuckw/deadjournalist

August 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

paging flip murray

beone

August 27th, 2010
9:22 pm

Trade him for a Center and be done with it. Then get a defensive minded wing and we are good to go. IF Drew’s offense works as planned, iso Craw will not be needed anyway.

James

August 27th, 2010
9:23 pm

No need to get emotionally attach to the player. He was a two year player for us. His contract demands fall way behind those of Al Horford. Horford is looking at a 5 or 6 yr deal of about $70-$80 Mil. You can thank the Warriors and David Lee for that.

truthspitter

August 27th, 2010
9:32 pm

Bye, I knew he was a selfish problem, that’s why he has been traded a million times already. The only problem with this is that the Hawks have to sign Al next summer so they are not going to take back a contract for Jamal. Meaning, they will have to package Jamal with some other guys on the team or just get back another expiring contract.

I would like to see

Hawks get: Eddy Curry and Wilson Chandler
Knicks get: Jamal and Mo

The Knicks were supposedly offering Chandler for Rudy Fernandez meaning they are looking for SG help. Jamal gives that and we get a SF who can push Marvin out of town, plus all 4 guys have expiring contracts.

Section 303

August 27th, 2010
9:34 pm

Najeh, that’s my worry. I would rather Jamal stay here. I like that guy a lot. It makes sense to trade him, though. My worry, like yours, is that the Hawks will screw up a potential deal somehow.

My optimisim for this season fades a little more every day.

Section 303

August 27th, 2010
9:35 pm

truthspitter, if they can get Winston Chandler, I would be really happy. Good, tough player right there. He would be a great add to the roster. Won’t happen, though. It is written in the heavens somewhere that the Hawks are not allowed to make a good trade for a player I like.

STRETCH

August 27th, 2010
9:37 pm

On ESPN Trade Machine: Jamal to Denver for Nene straight up.

Buddy Grizzard

August 27th, 2010
9:38 pm

Let’s review from previous posts…

The bad contract of Joe Johnson has caused the Hawks to trade a lottery pick (Josh Childress) for a second rounder and will force the trade of Jamal Crawford.

doc

August 27th, 2010
9:41 pm

no shame in same huh?

THE TRUTH

August 27th, 2010
9:41 pm

i cant believe some1 juz said amal and mo for eddy curry and wilson chandler come on now……….better trade melo and jr smith for marvin and jamal..yeah i said jr smith

Chris

August 27th, 2010
9:41 pm

Crawford or Horford?

chuckw/deadjournalist

August 27th, 2010
9:42 pm

crawford/evan for chandler/curry works from a salary perspective.

cp

August 27th, 2010
9:43 pm

Yea like a few have already said, finding a trade partner will not be a problem. Making a deal that benefits the Hawks will be the issue. I really believe Jordan Crawford will be able to produce off the bench. I don’t know if he will score as much as Jamal but I can see him averaging double digits off the bench if he is asked to fill that role. Is Flip still available? I don’t think he is as good as Jamal but he can fill it up off the bench.

chuckw/deadjournalist

August 27th, 2010
9:44 pm

my bad truthspitter, i should have refreshed my browser. obviously, i agree that it would be a good “both teams win on paper” trade.

STRETCH

August 27th, 2010
9:44 pm

Also on ESPN Trade Machine, Jamal/Marvin Williams to the Lakers for Artest/Bynum.

FMX

August 27th, 2010
9:45 pm

The contract of Joe Johnson strikes again.

FMX

August 27th, 2010
9:46 pm

Enter your comments here

F the Hawks!!!!!

August 27th, 2010
9:52 pm

F the Hawks!!!!!

August 27th, 2010
9:52 pm

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Astro Joe

August 27th, 2010
9:56 pm

It was pretty obvious that the expiring contract of a SMOY should have been dealt the minute afte Joe was signed. Jamal was an insurance policy for both Bibby (last summer) and Joe (this summer). Time to cash in the policy by acquiring a big. And in Drew’s “defend your man or else” defensive scheme, Jamal will be crippled with splinters.

@MC, I applaud your earlier attempt to glamorize inertia. It was a fine effort. Maybe Crawford will force movement (beyond Josh Powell).

Brett

August 27th, 2010
9:59 pm

I wonder if this has something to do with the locker room chemistry issues? While MC may be happy with the same, apparently Jamal ain’t.

Michael Cunningham

August 27th, 2010
10:00 pm

@ AJ: ha . . . it got to the point where i was like, “dang, you write about these dudes like they are a 20-win team.” but of course i understand the lack of optimism among blog people that the Hawks can take another step. it’s not an unreasonable view.

Michael Cunningham

August 27th, 2010
10:06 pm

@Brett: “I wonder if this has something to do with the locker room chemistry issues? While MC may be happy with the same, apparently Jamal ain’t.”

haha . . . two problems here.

one is i don’t get happy, sad, mad, glad or anything else about the Hawks because i’m not emotionally attached to the team. second, i’ve chronicled the Hawks’ weaknesses in detail for weeks, in fact did so in an article that is linked in that last blog post, and all i was trying to do was add a splash of positive. it is not meant to be an endorsement of the moves the Hawks did or did not make (not that i would do that, anyway–i’m the beat guy).

i mean, dang.

ryan

August 27th, 2010
10:09 pm

Mello baby Jammal Crawford and Mo Evans pus a 1st rounder through in Marvin Williams .

Astro Joe

August 27th, 2010
10:12 pm

@MC, the first priority of any sports team during the off-season is to maintain and grow their fan base. Even if they have to try and sell them on Amare instead of Lebron or Boozer instead of Wade. Unfortunately, we have SAMENESS as the marketing slogan of the Hawks this summer.

MC, quick question, if the Hawks used the trade exemption acquired in the Childress trade, wouldn’t that put them over the luxury threshold? If so, that means that exemption can’t be used until after next July. It gives Sund about 2-3 weeks to use it before it expires. And there’s this little thing called the CBA that may influence player movement timelines next summer. So what do you think the odds are that we will see a player returned for Childress (when all is said and done)? I’m thinking Josh Smith’s jersey number.

THE TRUTH

August 27th, 2010
10:16 pm

@MC..what you think about jamal and mo for melo and jr smith or marvin and jamal for melo and smith

I Heart Atlanta

August 27th, 2010
10:24 pm

MC I want your Prediction……………

Michael Cunningham

August 27th, 2010
10:25 pm

@AJ: definitely not a good marketing summer for the Hawks. as my story i linked noted, they are in the weird position of signing Joe to the biggest contract in the league and the perception (and maybe the reality) is that they did nothing to improve the team. so, as you say, they have nothing to sell.

the trade exception for teams over the cap (not to be confused with the traded player exception) says they can acquire up to 125% plus $100,000 of the salaries they are trading for. the exception means the Hawks can take back 125% plus $100,000 plus the $3 million. they are about $2.7 million below the tax and still need to sign another player. so, whether or not they pay the tax depends on the salaries of the players involved and also which side of the 125% plus $100,000 they are on.

hope that makes sense but i’m afraid it may not.

Michael Cunningham

August 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

@ I Heart Atlanta: “MC I want your Prediction”

about . . .?

Tony from Stone Mountain

August 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

The Atlanta Dream upset the number #1 seed! Maybe the Hawks will learn from the woman!

joey

August 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

Enter your comments here

HoosierHawk

August 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

Jamal just had a career season and he doesnt want to be a 6th man if he is on a contract year playing for his next contract. Can’t blame him. But hawks are right to put Al first on priority list.

I normally hate trade machine comments but…

Crawford for Heinrich and Mcgee

Jamal, Bibby, Pachulia, Ecans for C. Kaman and Baron Davis

Jamal for Gortat/ Pietrus (Vince is declining, they could use a god SG even though they have reddick too).

Tony from Stone Mountain

August 27th, 2010
10:27 pm

“Women” lol

Michael Cunningham

August 27th, 2010
10:27 pm

@ the truth: “@MC..what you think about jamal and mo for melo and jr smith or marvin and jamal for melo and smith”

i think there is little chance the Hawks take on Smith. i know from talking to people in the organization they are very sensitive to the public image thing. they like that the current group stays out of trouble and doesn’t make bad headlines.

Harry Hawk

August 27th, 2010
10:32 pm

Gee. Jamal Crawford wants more money. I am shocked. Shocked, I say.

Kofi

August 27th, 2010
10:32 pm

Jamal and mo for melo and jr smith? your stupid bro. The nuggets will never make that trade cause its clearly a ripoff for them.

Harry Hawk

August 27th, 2010
10:35 pm

MC,

Not only that. Joe gets the huge contract and he is supposed to have less of the ball, which means that his numbers, the same numbers that got him in position to earn such a big contract, will likely drop.

How many teams have ever given a player so much cash and then asked him to do less?

truthspitter

August 27th, 2010
10:36 pm

People, be serious. Mello would definitely put this team over the luxury threshold and I don’t know if he is worth it because you still are deficient at C and PG. Now if for some reason we could get Mello and Nene without giving up Joe, Josh, or Al do it, but I don’t see that happening. The trade that myself and some others have brought up makes more sense financially and maybe even basketball wise.

Mo and Jamal for Eddy Curry and Wilson Chandler. They are all expiring deals which will allow the Hawks to sign Al and stay under luxury cap threshold. They could then move Marvin to Cleveland if Cleveland is still interested.

northcyde

August 27th, 2010
10:43 pm

(( talking like Wesley Snipes to Christopher Williams in the movie “New Jack City” . . after Wesley stabbed Chris in the hand with the sword and tried to choke him out ))

“I never liked you anyway . . . gunnin’ m*tha f**ka”

Michael Cunningham

August 27th, 2010
10:44 pm

@ Harry Hawk: “Not only that. Joe gets the huge contract and he is supposed to have less of the ball, which means that his numbers, the same numbers that got him in position to earn such a big contract, will likely drop.”

they are hoping that the net reward will be positive, as in his numbers decline but the team is better because he shares the ball and has more legs for the stretch run. but i know what you are saying.

James

August 27th, 2010
10:46 pm

Hawks should trade Jamal Crawford and Josh Smith to Denver for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.