Jamal Crawford say Lakers, Sixers, Warriors have shown ‘interest’ in him

Jamal Crawford say Lakers, Sixers, Warriors have shown ‘interest’ in him

The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to go into training camp with an open roster spot, according to general manager Rob Pelinka, but that doesn’t mean the front office isn’t doing their due diligence with free agents.

Marc Spears of ESPN said on “The Jump” that the Lakers have expressed interest in signing three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford, however, no formal offer has been made:

“I just got a text from him, he said nothing yet but that he’s had some interest from the Lakers, had some interest from the Sixers, had some from Golden State.”

This isn’t the first time the Lakers have been https://happybet188.co linked to Crawford. In fact, just last summer, Crawford and the Lakers reportedly had mutual interest in free agency following the 38-year-old’s buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.

Crawford opted to take more money and a larger role with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he declined his $4.5 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent after averaging the fewest minutes per game he’s played since his rookie season 20.7 MPG. Does Crawford make sense for the Lakers in 2018? In short, no.

Earlier this month, I wrote about the free agents the team should stay away from and Crawford was one of them. Yes, the Lakers need shooting and Crawford is a straight shooter, but the type of shooting he offers isn’t exactly what the team needs.

Crawford is a gifted ball handler, but his dribbling clinics usually end up in heavily contested shots. According to NBAm, 47.6 percent of Crawford’s shots came when the closest defender was 2-4 feet away. Of those shots, he only converted 39.7 percent of them.

Additionally, 61 percent of his shots were of the pull up variety. Not ideal for a team looking to run a free flowing offense.

The Lakers also don’t have a meaningful role to offer Crawford. After declining his team option, it’s clear that’s still something he covets.

As a 15th man on the bench, perhaps Crawford wouldn’t be such a bad option, however, keeping an open roster spot for a trade or the post trade-deadline buyout market is more valuable to the Lakers, or at least should be. Especially when they already have approximately 900 players who need minutes on the wing.

Maybe Crawford deserves a job in the NBA, but it shouldn’t be with the Lakers.

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Shortly before Los Angeles Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss received the Champion of Business Award from the City of El Segundo Wednesday night, cancer pioneer and new Los Angeles Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong approached her.

Reporters around Buss were all told to keep the questions to the new 120,000-square-foot Lakers training facility, where the event was being held, and the booming El Segundo business climate.

But there was a different championship – that of the NBA – on the mind of Soon-Shiong, a die-hard Lakers fan since the 1980s.

“I told them you promised us a championship,” Soon-Shiong said, laughing.

Later, while introducing Buss to the crowd of roughly 500 members of the El Segundo business community and civic leaders, Soon-Shiong called her an “inspiration to women.”

  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, center, listens to comments during the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss chats before the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. Buss is this years winner of the Champions of Business award. The event and dinner and awards are hosted by the City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Devolopment Advisory Council. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

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  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss received the Champions of Business award at the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. The event and dinner and awards are hosted by the City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Development Advisory Council. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

  • Al Keahi, left, and Barbara Voss deliver remarks during the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, center, shares a laugh with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong during the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. Buss is this years winner of the Champions of Business award and Soon-Shiong won the award in 2017. The event and dinner and awards are hosted by the City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Devolpment Advisory Council. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

  • After working for the organization since the age of 19, the 55-year-old took over as controlling owner of the Lakers from her father, the late Jerry Buss, who bought the franchise in 1979. In her brief remarks, Buss thanked the city and the community at large for the award.

    “I want to thank everybody for coming and enjoying our home,” she said. “Thank you for making us feel so connected to your community.”

    And then a few words about that certain someone coming to the Lakers next season, LeBron James.

    “About the championship, I can’t make any promises, but I believe in Magic and that’s who’s leading us,” said Buss, referring to Magic Johnson who took over as president of basketball operations last year and who’s been credited with convincing James to sign with L.A.

    Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, center, shares a laugh with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong during the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. Buss is this years winner of the Champions of Business award and Soon-Shiong won the award in 2017. The event and dinner and awards are hosted by the City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Devolpment Advisory Council. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

    In addition to honoring Buss, the city handed awards for Entrepreneur of the Year to Mike Mothner, founder and CEO of Wpromote, a digital marketing firm, and the Big Idea Award to Beyond Meat, which manufactures meat substitute products from a lab in El Segundo.

    Los Angeles Times’ Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine gave the keynote address.

    More than the awards and the speeches, however, it was the energy in the room especially among elected officials and civic leaders under the backdrop of the Lakers new training facility that could really be felt Wednesday night.

    The center features a plyo-metric training area, weight room, on-court video display technology, state-of-the-art conditioning room with whirlpools and a cryogenic chamber as well as a commercial kitchen with on-staff nutritionist.

    Buss said the franchise looked at other areas but decided to stay in El Segundo, down the street from the previous training center it shared with the Los Angeles Kings, for various reasons. The new center is roughly three times the size of the old space and puts the Lakers among the top echelon in the NBA in terms of training facilities, Buss said.

    “With the success we’ve had in El Segundo in terms of winning five championships since we’ve been here and finding a City Council and business leaders, who were supportive of progress and growth, we really were of like mind,” Buss said. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss received the Champions of Business award at the El Segundo 2018 Champions of Business celebration and award ceremony at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018. The event and dinner and awards are hosted by the City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Development Advisory Council. Photo by Scott Varley, Daily BreezeSCNG

    El Segundo has been attracting a stunning number of new start-up firms as well as such big investors as the Lakers, LA Times and Soon-Shiong’s new cancer center. Since 2014, commercial vacancies in the city have dropped by 10 percent.

    “There is so much going on that we’re excited about,” said Barbara Voss, Economic Development Director.

    Mayor Drew Boyles, who’s lived in El Segundo for 24 years, said the change has been “unbelievable.”

    “I’ve seen El Segundo really transform,” Boyles said. “I think El Segundo is finally being viewed in a different light, which is true innovation.”

    While El Segundo encompasses just five square miles with 17,000 residents, roughly 55,000 people commute into the city for work.

    Mayor Pro Tem Carol Pirsztuk said the city has tried to foster a welcoming environment toward business with low license taxes and other incentives.

    “When you come to El Segundo you are not just a business and partner, you are a family member,” Pirsztuk said.

 

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