Dwyane Wade thinks a reunion between Jamal Crawford and the Warriors makes a lot of sense.
“I would love to see him on a team like the Golden State [Warriors],” Wade told Heavy.com’s Brandon Robinson. “Just because he can rock out man, he’s exciting. You get somebody that can come off the bench and put up 20 like there’s nothing. It would be good, obviously without Klay [Thompson] getting injured and losing Kevin Durant. Having a scoring punch come off the bench would be good for them.”
Crawford seems to be a fan of the idea, too.
— 🤔 😳…
respect to the legend D Wade! https://t.co/4eKwi7SleB
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 12, 2019
Crawford spent 54 games in Golden State back during the 2008-09 season after coming over from the Knicks in a mid-season trade for Al Harrington. That was the 10th season of the sharpshooter’s 20-year NBA career, and as a current free agent, he’s hoping to latch on to a team for a 21st.
It won’t be the Warriors, though. At least not for a while.
As things currently stand, Golden State has 14 guaranteed contracts on its roster, one short of the maximum. However, the Warriors currently don’t enough room underneath the salary cap to fit another guaranteed contract, and can’t go over the cap as a result of being hard-capped due to the sign-and-trade for D’Angelo Russell. Crawford would qualify for the veteran’s minimum, so if he wants to be on Golden State at the start of the 2019-20 season, he’s out of luck.
That said, minimum contracts prorate over the course of the season, so the Warriors could theoretically add Crawford (or another player) later in the season once they can fit the prorated portion under the cap. Of course, the later in the season, the more likely Thompson will have returned by then, so a reunion doesn’t seem likely.
The FIBA World Cup did not go as planned for Team USA.
After losing to France in the medal round Wednesday, the Americans doubled down on a disappointing performance and lost to Serbia on Thursday, ensuring they’ll finish no better than in seventh place in the tournament. Granted, Team USA did secure a 2020 Olympic bid days earlier, but given the expectations, there’s no debating that the American result was an utter failure.
Team USA had the most talent in the tournament, but not its most talented roster. That’s because numerous superstars turned down the opportunity to compete on the international stage, preferring rather to recuperate and prepare for the upcoming NBA season.
In the aftermath of the loss to Serbia, sports talk shows immediately began wondering which stars, now understanding their necessity, would participate on the 2020 Olympic team. One of those stars — Golden State’s Draymond Green — has already thrown his name into the hat.
“I do hope to play, and I think a lot of guys will want to play,” Green said Thursday on CNBC’s ‘Power Money.’ “The schedule this year was a little treacherous with the games that was in America, and also the travel to Australia, which is why I think a lot of guys dropped out. You know, a long ways to China. It was just a lot, and it also leads right into the season. Those guys will be coming back in the next couple days and we’ll be two weeks away from training camp.”
There’s no question the Americans could have used Green in the World Cup, but from the sounds of it, the only reason they won’t have his services in the next international competition will be if they don’t want him.
“I think you’ll see a lot of guys participating next year in the Olympics,” Green continued, “and I hope to be one of those 12 guys.”
Kevin Durant was very successful in Steve Kerr’s offensive system.
Wanting a change from the isolation-centric game he played in Oklahoma City, Durant signed with the Warriors in the summer of 2016 and thrived in Kerr’s ball-movement offense, helping lead the Warriors to three straight NBA Finals appearances and two titles.
After three years in the Bay, Durant chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason and recently discussed his time with the Warriors, decision to leave and friendship with new teammate Kyrie Irving with the Wall Street Journal.
Durant also offered a critique of the offense Kerr runs, believing that eventually reached its ceiling in the system and he had to “dive into his bag” to create points during the later rounds of the playoffs after teams figured out the Dubs’ attack.
Is the two-time NBA Finals MVP’s critique of Kerr’s offense legit? Former Boston Celtics star and current ESPN analyst Paul Pierce isn’t buying what KD is selling.
“This is part of what I’m talking about,” Pierce said Wednesday on “The Jump.” “You played for the No. 1 offense on the planet, you guys are winning championships, but then there’s a complaint. Like, of course, the defense is going to get tougher the later rounds you get, but at some point — yeah, you intermix a lot of 1-on-1 with the system. The system worked! It wasn’t broken, and the reason they lost this year was because of the injuries. This is the type of stuff I’m talking about with KD. I don’t get what he’s searching for. Like it worked what you were doing.”
Nail meet head.
Durant will be out for most of, if not all of this upcoming season as he rehabs his ruptured Achilles. Will the Nets feature the offense KD is searching for when he returns?
While he and Irving should form a deadly combo, it’s hard to see the Nets’ offense being more effective than Kerr’s system.