Atlanta Hawks: Jamal Crawford prepared to ‘go elsewhere’ without extension

Jamal Crawford isn’t happy about his contract situation. It’s been obvious to those around him at Hawks camp that his demeanor isn’t the same. He’s being a professional but the enthusiasm is lacking.

So far, Crawford has stopped short of publicly expressing his displeasure with the Hawks for not offering a contract extension. In that way he’s taking a different tact than Kenyon Martin in Denver and Aaron Brooks in Houston.

But Crawford’s stance might be shifting a bit. At media day Monday he was careful to avoid talking about the possibility of leaving the Hawks. Now, with GM Rick Sund still not offering an extension and also resisting trade inquiries, Crawford sounds more urgent about the issue.

“You think something is solid and a family you just want that to be what it is,” Crawford said today “I would love to be here long term, no doubts about it. I would love to lock that up before I become a free agent. I want to make it work here. But if that is not the plan I guess I will go elsewhere.”

Crawford will make $10.1 million this year. He is seeking a new deal after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man Award while helping the Hawks to 53 victories and the No. 3 playoffs seed in the East. The uncertainty with the expiring collective bargaining agreement also is a major factor in his desire for an extension.

Sund has declined comment on Crawford’s situation, citing his policy of not discussing players’ contracts. He typically hasn’t offered extensions on veteran contracts. The exceptions have been cases in which the player could expect a maximum contract in free agency like Joe Johnson.

If Crawford were to become a free agent next summer, he would be among the top players available.

“There is a part of me that is comfortable with that,” he said. “But my whole thing is loyalty. I’m a loyal person. And I thought the Hawks were big to step up and give me an opportunity to go further. I thought I played my role to the best of my abilities, and I just want to be here a long time.

“I don’t want to compete [for a contract] and have to go anywhere else but if I am not in the future plans then I guess that is what I will have to do.”

In the meantime, Crawford is doing what’s asked of him at camp. His back tightened up during practice Thursday and Hawks coaches offered to let him sit out sprints at the end of the session but Crawford finished.

He said he’s trying to separate the business from the basketball

“That’s the tough part,” he said. “I’m just taking it one day at a time, being supportive of my teammates. I have the utmost respect for Coach Drew and his staff, that’s for sure. I try to do as much as possible without my mind wandering too much. [But] at times, you can ‘overthink’ it instead of just going with the flow.”

MC

113 comments Add your comment

ryan

October 2nd, 2010
5:49 pm

Maybe we should trade for Billups or K . Mart .

Sherewshevsky

October 2nd, 2010
5:55 pm

This is not good. When you have an unhappy employee, why can’t you talk to him?

ILL-Logical

October 2nd, 2010
5:57 pm

And the plot thickens!

Najeh Davenpoop

October 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

There is a surplus at his position and big holes at other positions. The Hawks can make do with Jordan and Mo backing up Joe at SG. If Jamal doesn’t want to be here, trade him for a SF who can challenge Marvin for his starting spot. Make it happen Rick Sund.

jason

October 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm

this is bad. Rick has created an unmotivated monster in jamal. Dude who makes highlights for the highlight factory might go from 18 to 9. way to go rick, you have just decreased our winning percentages wayyyyy down.

mike

October 2nd, 2010
6:12 pm

i saw rick sund on thurs night at a restaurant.. nice guy, shook my hand etc.. when he was leaving i shouted “sign jamal!” and he responded “he’s already signed” with a smile.. i see his stance (jamal is under contract) and i see jamal’s (pay me, i over-performed, give me a new contract).. i dont know how this will turn out honestly

Hawks73

October 2nd, 2010
6:18 pm

I don’t understand players that are thrilled to initially go to a “competing” ball club, then as soon as they don’t get the fat contract extension they are discontent and want to be traded. There was a reason for the two year deal and it was due to the uncertainty of how Crawford would fit in and perform for the Hawks. He clearly was a performer last year and lived up to expectations, but his contract was/is for two years PERIOD.

It’s understood with the CBA coming up for NBA players that the expectation for additional $$$ is questionable, but their has to be a more professional way of dealing with this situation. Why not honor the contract you signed Jamal, give a 150% effort this season, and be a PROFESSIONAL as opposed to a punk. I do realize that Crawford has been quite generous and supported exterior projects for the needy, but this only tarnishes his image…just a shame.

dstdeelite

October 2nd, 2010
6:22 pm

Sund should at least acknowledge the request. He made it very clear that he wanted to do whatever possible to retain Joe. He’s made it crystal clear that he wants to extend Al. Why now does he have a tight lip when it comes to Jamal’s desire to stay?

south ga bird fan

October 2nd, 2010
6:28 pm

I like crawford but sund is right…shut up and play!

niremetal

October 2nd, 2010
6:29 pm

Jamal is an idiot. If he’s going to sulk because the Hawks aren’t stupid enough to give him a new contract right before the CBA expires (nevermind that no other team would give him one either), then trade his ass.

lewis

October 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

sund needs to see if jc2 is decent before he gets rid of jamal

pedro el gitano

October 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

AARON BROOKS SERIA UN CAMBIO A CONSIDERAR PERO PARA QUE QUERRIAMOS A KENION MARTIN???

dstdeelite

October 2nd, 2010
6:46 pm

I guess I’m the minority here. I’m not mad that JC’s asking for an extension. He knows his value is up after his performance last year. He knows the CBA changes are upcoming. Why wouldn’t he at least ask? The comments about him being an idiot for sulking is crazy to me. That’s like if you asked your boss for a raise and your request was denied. Would you be happy about that? No matter what price tag you put on these players, at the end of the day they’re still human. You say trade him? Who does that punish? Jamal? Obviously the teams inquiring about Jamal weren’t offering anybody that would make Sund think twice. I’m beginning to believe Sund doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.

truthspitter

October 2nd, 2010
7:07 pm

Trade Jamal to the Kings for Donte Greene and a 2nd rd pick. Donte Greene gives us a legit sized SF to backup Marvin for the future even when we don’t resign Mo next year or can’t trade his expiring. We get under the salary cap and the Kings stay under. We can then use Mo, Marvin, Bibby, and Zaza to make any other trades we may wish to make.

mike

October 2nd, 2010
7:07 pm

This guy jamal is crazy. He had a great year but he is historically a loser. He has never won anywhere he has been. And for him to have the nerve to be upset is crazy. The can score but so can many other players in the league. Extensions are given to franchise players who have proven themselves over a long period of time. The hawks did jamal a favor by letting him run wild and do what he does best which is score, but he has never been a playmaker and before last season he was irrelevant in the nba. Dont get me wrong he is one heck of an offensive talent but can easily be replaced for a lot cheaper. JC2!!!

drmaryb (*_*)

October 2nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Too Many Irons in the Fire!

The problem Jamal is encountering is the unprofessionalism
of this ASKG!

There are too many stooges in the executive offices and
Sund does NOT have the autonomy to make a unilateral
decision! Not one damned decision.

He prolly needs permission to change the toilet paper rolls
in the men’s room. They prefer Scott Tissue because you
get one-ply and 1,000 sheets per roll!

smdh

drmaryb (*_*)

October 2nd, 2010
7:18 pm

Disgruntled!

Aye AS killer G!
How’s all that chemistry working for you now?

All Sund has to do is tell the man’s Agent – yes or no.

End of speculation
End of discussion
End of story

That’s All Folks!
The End
- Looney Tunes -

Geez ….

J from the A

October 2nd, 2010
7:20 pm

Jamal likes playing for the Hawks. Jamal likes the community. Jamal is also looking for (and expecting) a little more stability. Nothing about this sounds “crazy” or anything approaching crazy.

After bouncing around a bit, he thought he finally found a home. Of course, he is disappointed (frustrated?) that he has not locked up an extension yet, especially considering the year he had last year.

Of course, I also understand the Hawks position, not wanting to offer him a pricey long-term contract. The Hawks are deep at the 2 and will need the cap space to (re)sign other higher priorities.

Hmmm

October 2nd, 2010
7:33 pm

Why is he whining so much? Just because he has to wait for a new contract doesn’t mean sund won’t sign him in the offseason. Man these ballplayers have been getting everything they’ve wanted & had ppl kissing their butts their whole lives smh. Grow up. If mal doesn’t get paid in ATL he’ll get paid elsewhere. I just think he wants 10mill a season thats why he’s acting like this.

It could also be that he’s afraid of geting injured andnot having security, but I think the 10mill he’s getting this year is enough security LOL.

ryan

October 2nd, 2010
7:41 pm

This is the end of the ASG Joe should have went elsewhere instead of signing with these retards .

Allofus

October 2nd, 2010
7:42 pm

Hawks are highly interested in Richard Delk the rookie in camp and would like to sign him should Jamal Crawford leave.

ryan

October 2nd, 2010
7:48 pm

Wow Richard Delk not an eye opener how will that make this team any better .

Sara

October 2nd, 2010
7:48 pm

I was hoping this wouldn’t happen, but it has. Yeah he’s being professional to the media, but if his demeanor is different around the team maybe the Hawks should probably listen to some teams who are making offers.

Gilk

October 2nd, 2010
7:52 pm

Jamal, pure logic and economics (new CBA is coming) dictate that Rick Sund CANNOT give you an extension. Count your blessings (every day!) that you have $10 Mil coming into your bank account for playing a boy’s game, play w/ 100% effort every night, keep your mouth shut and help the Hawks get to the Eastern Conf Finals! You do that and somebody (probably the Hawks) will break you off somethin’ proper in 2011 once the new CBA is in place!

In this economy, the fans don’t want to hear this whining and b____! Also do right by your teammates and stop sulking!

Najeh Davenpoop

October 2nd, 2010
7:53 pm

“I guess I’m the minority here. I’m not mad that JC’s asking for an extension. He knows his value is up after his performance last year. He knows the CBA changes are upcoming. Why wouldn’t he at least ask? The comments about him being an idiot for sulking is crazy to me. ”

I don’t think he’s an idiot either. He knows that if he doesn’t get a deal now, the deal he does get after the new CBA is signed will probably be lower, and he’s sulking and asking for a trade because that’s his only leverage. The Hawks also know this, so they are playing hardball. But all that said, Jamal’s days as a Hawk became numbered as soon as the Hawks drafted Jordan Crawford, and I’m sure Jamal is smart enough to realize this. The Hawks owe it not only to Jamal but also the other players in the locker room to solve this situation before the season starts so it doesn’t become a problem in the locker room.

Dub C

October 2nd, 2010
7:57 pm

I don’t have an issue with Jamal wanting an extension either. He understands that he’s in the last year of his contract and with a new CBA coming up, he may/will get less money next year. BUT, he is under contract and he has to play it out.

I also think Sund could handle the situation with more professionalism than to not address it at all, which is what it appears. I smell a trade coming, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, expecially if we can get what we need in return.

RA

October 2nd, 2010
8:20 pm

I guess I just come from a different generation. When a man put his name to a piece of paper, it used to mean something, now days, not so much. But here’s the thing, if Crawford had come off a down year instead of a great one, would the Hawks lock him out because his numbers were down until he agreed to a pay cut, or to less years on his contract? Aside from that, 10 million dollars is a lot more money than a lot of hard working people will make in their entire lives. The money is going to be there, and I’m sorrry, if it’s 15 million a year instead of the 30 or 40 that players seem to want these days. But you paid (and very well) for playing a game that you love. If that’s not enough, maybe we don’t need that type of player here.

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2010
8:23 pm

Jamal talks as if he had been witht he Hawks going back to the 13 win season. “Loyalty”? Dude, RandMo wore a Hawks uni longer. He is over-playing his hand. One terrific year does not generally translate into a long-term commitment… especially with a non-luxury tax team. Hawks did no better with Jamal (by measure of what many consider to be the ultimate measuring stick… the playoffs) than they did with Flip. Again, dude is over-playing his hand.

Tbird

October 2nd, 2010
8:34 pm

Love JC but this is asinine. Sund should be fired if he signed Crawford to an extension of what…3 years at 8 million per?? 10 million per?? With a guy already signed to a max contract at the same position AND a promising rookie that also plays the same position?? Do some of you have any business sense?? Again, Jamal you just made the playoffs for the first time in your career…you will be paid 10 million dollars to provide great offense and minimal defense yet again…at the end of that YOU get to decide where you want to play…Loyalty?? What BS…Be loyal to your signature and play

J from the A

October 2nd, 2010
8:45 pm

The only people “whining” here are the fans.

No one can blame a man for thinking he found a stable job in a place where he could be happy, only to be disappointed (frustrated?) when it looks like the other side won’t (cannot) make a commitment to him.

Daddilicious

October 2nd, 2010
8:53 pm

Give Jamal a contract before Al? No..
There are players who outplay their contracts (and want more $) and also players who underplay theirs (I dont think they will accept less $ for this). It mostly balances out for teams.
Shut up and play Jamal!

dstdeelite

October 2nd, 2010
8:57 pm

All Sund has to do is tell the man’s Agent – yes or no.

Amen!!! That’s all I’ve been saying. Ugh!!! What’s so freakin hard about that??

Sund, stop being a d-bag!

drmaryb (*_*)

October 2nd, 2010
9:11 pm

dstdeelite

I know – right?

The Truth

October 2nd, 2010
9:12 pm

Sund is playing Russian roulette that will surely backfire. The biggest loser might be LD as he tries to coach the Hawks to the next level. If adapting to a new offense and defense isn’t enough for the Hawks to digest, the increase likelihood of a malcontent Jamal continues to loom. If a trade happens resulting in the loss of his 18 ppg while the Hawks are in the middle of a playoff run, then it really seems delusional to expect no negative impact on this team. Even trade rumors during the regular season may even strain Jamal focus. And if the Sund just let Jamal play-out his existing contract and let the aguish grow, then there will certainly be distraction induce from the media. So, one way or the other, there will be consequences from this dilemma.

Since Sund has already twice rejected offers for Jamal by inquiring teams that could have ended this drama, I’m beginning to wonder about his real intentions. Why would he handicap his new promising coach with this problem? LD certainly has enough on his plate. We do know that LD was not Sund preferred choice during the Hawks head coach search. His man was Dwane Casey. Not sure if this is playing a role but it smells awfully fishing.

dstdeelite

October 2nd, 2010
9:14 pm

Having this type of distraction in an already fragile is a recipe for disaster.

dstdeelite

October 2nd, 2010
9:15 pm

*locker room*

I.MUS WRITE

October 2nd, 2010
9:15 pm

Jamal is a good guy but the constant whining about his extension is sickening.

NCBravesFan

October 2nd, 2010
9:15 pm

One more reason why the whole NBA is becoming so unwatchable. I couldn’t care less about this, and wonder why Jamal feels the need to air this dirty laundry publicly … as if the fans care about his contract situation?

Trade his azz – we need to sign Al first anyway.

Clyde

October 2nd, 2010
9:16 pm

Dam the Hawks

Roll Tide!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2010
9:26 pm

I hope that Sund is refusing any fair trades for Jamal… Sekou reported the other day that Sund has received some calls from interested teams. But they could be offering fish-heads and rice for Jamal.

Astro Joe

October 2nd, 2010
9:28 pm

isn’t refusing fair trades…

dstdeelite

October 2nd, 2010
9:29 pm

Want to know Jamal keeps talking about? Because the media keeps asking about it.

JD

October 2nd, 2010
9:43 pm

This is simple. Jamal is an employee with a signed contract for a specific time period. When that contract is completed if the employer wishes to retain the services of the employee, it can offer the employee an new contract. In order to be offered a new contract, the employer should expected the employee to honor the existing contract and continue to perform in the manner he has in the past.

rusty

October 2nd, 2010
9:51 pm

the big problem with jc wanting an extention is because we gave jj the kitchen sink while he didnt play much better than jc, if better at all. they are direspecting jc , thats how he feels & its hard to blame him.

Hmmm

October 2nd, 2010
9:55 pm

Look at what Ethan has to say about Kevin Durant. Now thats a leader. Joe has some of these skills,but he’s clearly lacking in some areas (like acquiring new skills lol)

http://blogs.hoopshype.com/blogs/thomas/

Hmmm

October 2nd, 2010
9:58 pm

Hmmm

October 2nd, 2010
10:03 pm

JC isn’t JJ. If JJ doesn’t play, we LOOSE period. We have three anchors on this squad, players who are the foundation for our success. Horford, Smoove, and JJ. If we EVER loose JJ for extended time, everyone will see. His defense, scoring, and just his overall presence on the court. Jamal doesn’t have that. We lost to Toronto on a buzzer beater after Jamal dropped like 28 pts when joe was out. He’s a better than flip offinsevely, but flip had better D and finished at the rim better.

N.D.T.K.A.

October 2nd, 2010
10:15 pm

Sund not commenting on the “Jamal Situation” is a smart move by Sund and the Hawks.

First, not commenting on giving an extension to a player under contract is just good company policy and when you are trying to sign Al Horford to an extension as your #1 priority,you cannot take care of everybody, priorities have to be made. It is also good business sense not to offer an extension to an aging player who plays little to no defense when you are strong at that position(SG)finacially and personnel wise, as someone mentioned earlier.

Secondly, by not commenting or giving Jamal and his agent a definitive answer about the future. Sund in some respects is diffusing any attempt for this situation to be played out in the media. This could force other teams to offer nothing in return for Jamal when you could get something valuable for him at the trade deadline from a team looking to make a playoff push. It also allows LD to evaluate JC2 and decide if the Hawks will be ok without Jamal.

Jamal is getting paid for being a Hawk. In the end if he continues to gripe and moan, he is only going to mess up his next paycheck at his next destination. Sund knows this and that is why he is not commenting on this situation.

dap01

October 2nd, 2010
10:34 pm

Crawford is full of crap. He talks about loyalty in one sentence and talks about leaving the other. Trade him to the Clippers. He is not the person that I thought he was.

Better than that, sit his AZZ.

dap01

October 2nd, 2010
10:37 pm

Jamal, you are a cancer.