Hmm. There are numerous reports out today that the Blazers are in the running for the few remaining (relatively) big name restricted and unrestricted free agents. Carl Landry is said to be pursued by a few teams, including Portland. Josh Howard and Reggie Williams have both earned interest from Portland as well (one of those reports is from Broussard, so take it with a truck load of salt). But the name that keeps coming up (and is maybe the most realistic signing) is that of Jamal Crawford.
A little over a month ago, Aldridge began vocally advocating for Crawford to play in Portland. He invited him to his charity game (Girls night! Woo!), and since then, many Portland fans have been calling for the Atlanta sharp shooter to sign with Portland. Before Roy and Oden, and well, everything else went to hell for this team, signing Crawford seemed counter productive. Now? I don’t think it’s an awful idea. What do the Blazers have to lose?
Today, Crawford reportedly turned down a two year, 10 million dollar deal with the Pacers. Crawford is going for $10 million? Alrighty then. But since Paul Allen is busy trying to send high rolling patrons into space, he might as well over pay for a run-and-gun, pure shooter like Crawford who could help keep the depressed Rip City fans happy.
Of course, in order to sign Crawford, the Blazers will have to amnesty Roy, or else they’ll only be able to offer Crawford far less than the benchmark seen today.