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Marc J. Spears: Brooklyn Nets among five teams with interest in Jordan Crawford

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The Nets could have taken Jordan Crawford, the 6'4" combo guard, back in the 2010 Draft but instead decided to trade his rights and those of European center Tibor Pleiss for Damion James, who twice washed out.

Now, reports Marc J. Spears, they're interested in him again, along with four other teams, apparently in a sign-and-trade ... but the Nets can't accept any player in a sign-and-trade.

Back in January,  Peter Vecsey reported the Nets were among five teams interested in trading for Crawford, but within hours, the Celtics dealt him to Golden State.  Crawford became an unrestricted free agent last week when Golden State failed to extend his a qualifying offer. Last season, Crawford was paid $2.16 million, the last year of his rookie deal. In December, he had been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Crawford averaging 23.3 points on 61 percent shooting and 6.7 assists. He finished the season with a 11 ppg average and handed out 3.5 assists.

Meanwhile, Chris Haynes, a Portland beat writer, reports the Nets, along with the Jazz, Pelicans and Rockets, are interested in Francisco Garcia, apparently at vets minimum.

The Nets have previously been reported to be interested in Jarrett Jack with Jack headed to Brooklyn and Marcus Thornton, who makes $8.6 million a year, moving to Cleveland.  The Nets remain hopeful that deal can get done but admit there are a number of hurdles and that everything depends on whether Cleveland needs to hold a fire sale on assets to make room for LeBron James.