It would seem counter-intuitive-- the Nets, rebuilding and without championship ambitions, interested in Jamal Crawford, 36-year-old Sixth Man of the Year?
According to a number of pundits, it's true. They are in the mix, pursuing him. Early Sunday morning, Mike Mazzeo indicated the interest is real in a series of tweets...
The #Nets have strong interest in veteran free-agent G Jamal Crawford, sources say.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) July 3, 2016
Jamal Crawford was disappointed in the offer he received from the #Clippers Saturday, sources say.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) July 3, 2016
Jamal Crawford would be a great locker room leader for the young #Nets, also went to the same school (Michigan) as Caris LeVert.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) July 3, 2016
Of course, other teams are interested as well, from the Golden State Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers. But the Nets are in the mix.
Just before free agency, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, named Crawford as one of the veteran players Brooklyn would pursue...
Names I have heard connected to the Nets were Jeremy Lin, Jamal Crawford and Horford. https://t.co/6GupVYHoyb— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 27, 2016
Then, Friday, Chris Broussard listed the Nets as among those teams with interest in the Seattle native.
In addition to Dallas and Orlando, Miami, Nets, Philly and GState reached out to Jamal Crawford last night/this morning, sources say— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2016
Crawford excited 76ers fans earlier Saturday when he followed Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on Twitter. Crawford has won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award three times, this season as well as in 2010 and 2014, becoming the first three-time winner of the award in NBA history. He currently holds the record for most career four-point plays (47). Starting only five games this season with the Clippers, Crawford averaged 14.5 points per game in 79 games, shooting 34 percent from the deep.