Looking for help behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the back court, the Golden State Warriors made a couple of moves during the season. They acquired veteran point guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers and brought guard Jordan Crawford over from the Boston Celtics.
Now, the Warriors will have decisions to make on both players. Blake is set to become an unrestricted free agent and could elsewhere, perhaps even returning to the Lakers. Crawford will become a restricted free agent this summer and Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders wonders if the Warriors will keep Crawford and what his worth could be.
This one will be interesting because Crawford isn’t considered a high dollar player. His $3.2 million qualifying offer isn’t crazy money and it would give the Warriors the right to match offers, but at what price does Crawford become unreasonable?
In 42 games with the Warriors Crawford wasn’t exactly electric averaging just 8.4 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. Crawford started the final game of the season and knocked in 41 points, so he has scoring potential, but is that worth much more than he was earning last season?
Three years and $8-$10 million seems like the right number for what Crawford is as a player, will he command more than that and will Golden State match it if he does?
Crawford averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game this season, but only put up 8.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game after the trade. In the postseason, he went for just 6.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists in just 9.5 minutes per game.