Hawks pick up Crawford from Warriors
The Atlanta Hawks acquired Jamal Crawford from the Golden State Warriors for fellow guards Acie Law and Speedy Claxton on Thursday.
Crawford, 29, provides Atlanta with a little insurance in the backcourt because Mike Bibby and Flip Murray become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
"He gives us balance in the backcourt, having produced at both point guard and shooting guard positions," Hawks president and general manager Rick Sund said. "Not only is Jamal a talented scorer, but he can also deliver quality production down the stretch of games."
"We won 47 games last season," Hawks head coach Mike Woodson noted. "We have to try to get everybody back and see where we can go next season."
Crawford split last season between the New York Knicks and Golden State, averaging 19.7 points, 4.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 38.1 minutes in 65 starts — 54 with the Warriors.
He has two years and $20 million US remaining on his contract.
"I'm definitely happy with what we have done," Sund said. "We got a player who scores 20 points per game for two players who probably didn't fit into what we were going to do in the future."
Crawford has averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 32.6 minutes in 597 games (393 starts) over nine NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Knicks and Warriors.
"He is another veteran that makes a lot of sense for our ball club," "Jamal is a great talent offensively.
"[He] only enhances what we are trying to do. I'm looking forward to his addition to our squad."
'This guy deserves a chance'
Law, 24, was drafted 11th overall in 2007 but never panned out in Atlanta, averaging just 3.6 points, 1.8 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 12.8 minutes in 111 games (seven starts) over two seasons.
"We're going to give him every opportunity to play," Warriors GM Larry Riley said. "If you look at his history in Atlanta, he really wasn't used that much.
"This guy deserves a chance to see what he can do. We're anxious to work with and show what he can do."
Claxton, a fan favourite with the Warriors in 2003-05, was a throw-in.
The 31-year-old missed more than two years with knee problems before finally suiting up twice for the Hawks in the final week of the regular season.
"Speedy hasn't played for a couple years," Riley said. "I don't know exactly what his thinking is."
Claxton signed a four-year, $25.5-million US free-agent contract with Atlanta on July 12, 2006.
With files from The Associated Press