Cavs Rumors: Cavaliers Exploring Trade to Acquire Jamal Crawford

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It would appear the Cleveland Cavaliers are attempting to acquire yet another high-scoring guard through trade.

Marc Stein of reports that the Cavs are trying to acquire Jamal Crawford from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Brendan Haywood’s non-guaranteed contract. The Clippers would have to send out additional salary in order to make the deal work. Haywood’s non-guaranteed deal is worth $10.5 million.

The rumor follows reports that the Cavs have been discussing a deal for the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson. However, Johnson is due to earn $24.89 million for next season, while Crawford is due just $5.67 million for the 2015-16 season. Reports have it that the Johnson trade has stalled—which is likely the reason Cleveland is now pursuing a trade for the former Sixth Man of the Year.

Though Crawford is 35 years of age, he remains a highly-effective three-point shooter off the bench. In just 26.6 minutes per game last season, he averaged 15.8 points. He has a career scoring average of 15.6 points on 39.6 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from beyond the arc through his 15-year NBA career.

Considering J.R. Smith is a free agent and the Cavaliers lack three-point shooters as it is, Crawford would be a prized addition to Cleveland’s quest for a championship in 2016.

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D.J. Siddiqi is a staff writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has followed the NBA passionately since the 90's and has taken a keen interest in following LeBron James' career since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. Once a critic of LeBron, DJ has grown to admire James as he has evolved from 18-year-old phenom to a four-time MVP and two-time NBA Champion. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of the game to Cavaliers Nation.