The New York Knicks are one of several teams interested in the services of former Golden State Warriors’ guard Jordan Crawford, according to a report by Mark J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Last season, while playing for both the Boston Celtics and Golden State, Crawford posted averages of 11.0 points, 1.4 assists, and 1.5 rebounds, to go along with a lackluster .415 field good percentage.
Thus, the Knicks interest in Crawford seems strange, due to their extreme excess of guards currently on the roster.
His skill set is also very similar to Tim Hardaway Jr., who has been mentioned in trade rumors in a package with Amar’e Stoudemire to Philadelphia, although the Knicks have been reluctant to include him in any such deal.
However, the addition of Crawford to the team would make more sense if such a trade were to eventually go down, whether it involved Hardaway Jr., or Iman Shumpert, who has also been included in the same trade rumors.
Having Crawford in New York would be frustrating to many Knicks’ fans, as his erratic shooting is definitely a cause for concern. He is still a young asset and a valuable piece to the team, but Knicks’ fans know all too well how maddening a poor-shooting guard can be– just look at J.R. Smith on one of his many off nights.
It will be interesting to see where Crawford ends up going, considering the teams who are interested in him are all big-market and relatively successful clubs. Despite his inefficiencies, I would be happy with him on the Knicks, but only if the team traded some of its other guards first.
If New York wants to be a competitive team this season, they will need to have some depth down low, but in order to stack up their frontcourt players, they’ll ultimately need to cut down on the number of guards they have.
In my opinion, the likelihood of Crawford landing in New York next season is small, but anything can happen in free agency, so you never know.