Ric Bucher: The expectacion is that Crawford could be going to a playoff team in the Eastern Conference somewhere later in the season [..] Chicago, Cleveland or a team that could use a little more perimeter shooting. But I’m definitely buying that the Clippers are interested in moving him now that they have Lance Stephenson in the fold.
Miami remains willing to dealing Chris Andersen (due $5 million) but hasn’t found much of a market for him, according to an NBA official who has been in contact with the Heat. There has been no evidence/confirmation that the Clippers are considering a Jamal Crawford-Andersen swap that has been raised only as a logical hypothetical by a couple of NBA media members. And though Crawford can’t be ruled out for Miami, the Heat is happy with its perimeter depth.
The Heat expects to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp (as opposed to trading him first) but hasn’t ruled out trading him in October or beyond if it can find a taker, something it hasn’t been able to do to this point.
With the Heat at risk of having to pay the league’s “repeater” tax, which increases such payments to the NBA, the team could alleviate some of that penalty by moving the $5 million on the final year of Andersen’s contract, as has been widely speculated. “It’s a business, man,” Andersen, 37, said. “It doesn’t bother me one bit.””
There also has been speculation of the Heat dealing Andersen to lessen a potential glut in the power rotation, with the emergence of center Hassan Whiteside and the expected return of power forward Josh McRoberts from December’s season-ending knee injury. “Like the rumors that I’m going to get traded?” Andersen said, linked to a possible deal for disgruntled Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, with their salaries matching up under the salary cap.