Cavs Rumors: Jamal Crawford Very Interested in Joining Cleveland Cavaliers

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Talk of Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford wanting to become a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015-16 season was hinted at by one of the Cleveland beat writers on Friday.

Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Chris Haynes spoke about a number of issues, but indicated that due to a personal connection with Crawford, he believes the veteran guard would like to become part of the Cavs team.

“I know Jamal personally, and I know he would definitely like to be a part of the Cavaliers organization,” said Haynes. “Jamal is one guy off the top of my head that I know would be a fit, and I know that they’ll be looking at him.”

Crawford wouldn’t cost much in any deal, since the Clippers are likely looking to eliminate his $5.675 million salary from their payroll. By getting rid of that money, Los Angeles would also be able to save $10.505 million in luxury taxes.

The likelihood of Crawford coming may depend on whether or not J.R. Smith re-signs with Cleveland, since both are similar players making close to the same amount of money. Should Smith re-sign, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of reason to bring in Crawford, but given the fact that the team is already in salary cap hell for this year, it can’t be that much worse.

A possibility of the Cavaliers using part of the trade exception money that they received in the Brendan-Haywood-Mike Miller deal in this instance is also a possibility. However, since Crawford may not necessarily be needed, the Cavaliers may want to hold onto that money until the trading deadline during the upcoming season.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.