Alex Kennedy: Unrestricted free agent Jordan Crawford recently worked out in front of several NBA teams over a three-day period at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, according to league sources. Crawford played for the New Orleans Pelicans over the past two seasons.
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The New Orleans Pelicans are signing shooting guard Jordan Crawford for the remainder of the season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. New Orleans will allow Larry Drew II’s 10-day contract to expire.
Source: Pelicans will sign Jordan Crawford.
Alex Kennedy: Have you had any conversations with NBA teams [since being waived by New Orleans]? Jordan Crawford: Yeah, I actually worked out for two playoff teams recently, so I’ve been in contact. After going to them and the feedback from them was that I’m ready and I’m in shape. I’m a veteran. Because I’ve been showing how humbled I’ve been, I’ve been going to the [G League] and I did Summer League before, I don’t want people to think that I just, that I have to prove myself every time to be on a roster. I carry myself as a professional.
In a subsequent move, the Pelicans announced the team has waived guard Jordan Crawford. In two games for New Orleans this season, Crawford, 6-4, 195, has averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.
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Shams Charania: Pels dreaded waiving of Jordan Crawford to create space for Nelson. Crawford fit role, played well in preseason and last night against Warriors.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Pelicans are waiving guard Jordan Crawford, league sources tell ESPN.
“When I got the 10-day, that was the accomplishment. I didn’t really feel like I was on a 10-day once I was here,” Crawford said. “The hard part was getting the 10-day. I was grateful for the opportunity, when I (got) here I just wanted to make myself as comfortable as possible and just try to play my game.”
Crawford is averaging 14.3 points in his first seven games with the Pelicans and is shooting a staggering 51.9 percent from the 3-point line on 5.4 attempts per game. Crawford said that he was determined to make his way back into the league, and once he was given a chance by the Pelicans, his mission was to display that he was still capable of being an explosive scorer in the NBA.
Shams Charania: Pelicans guard Jordan Crawford has agreed to a two-year deal with New Orleans, bypassing a second 10-day, league sources tell @The Vertical.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced the team has signed free agent guard Jordan Crawford to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Marc Stein: The Pelicans, I’m told, plan to add Jordan Crawford to their roster early this week as they continue to search for guard and wing help.
Marc Stein: The New Orleans Pelicans have Jordan Crawford in their sights for a 10-day callup from the @nbadleague, according to league sources
The Cavs are in need of a point guard. How do you think you could help Cleveland? Jordan Crawford: You know from a basketball perspective, I would definitely be confident in putting the ball in the right place. Just being supportive, as a guy on the roster, whether Iím a sixth man, a 15th man, just giving the young players confidence, telling them what Iím seeing on the court, just helping in every situation possible.
The Cavaliers need a playmaker. Well, Jordan Crawford thinks he’s the playmaker LeBron is looking for. Crawford tweeted this after LeBron went on his post-loss tirade.
Chris Reichert: Jordan Crawford will in fact start the season in the NBA D-League with the Grand Rapids Drive, a league source tells Upside & Motor #NBADL
Vincent Ellis: Jordan Crawford’s agent says Ft. Wayne has traded rights to Grand Rapids Drive, #Pistons D-League affiliate. Former Detroit CMA star.
Rod Beard: Full list of free agents working out for #Pistons this week: Phil Pressey, Jaron Johnson, Bobby Brown, Greg Whittington, Jordan Crawford, Nick Minnerath, Kadeem Jack, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Deonte Burton, Grant Jerrett, Cory Jefferson, Richard Solomon, Derrick Nix, Ousmane Drame, Eric Buckner, Gabe Olaseni.
How can a guy that put up 41 points in an NBA game not have one of the 450 jobs in the NBA? Crawford, 27, says he doesn’t know. “Y’ll gonna have to answer that one,” Crawford said with a smile today at the Pistons practice facility. “I don’t know, but I … just went and played in China. I had fun over there, different experience, just learning the game from over there. “It was fun, but (as far as the 40 points I scored) goes, I don’t know.”
You would think Crawford could potentially carve out a niche, such as shooting guard J.R. Smith with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Crawford scoffs at the shooting guard label. He reminds the interviewer that he won the NBA’s Player of the Week honor playing point guard for the Boston Celtics. “… so I don’t know about this two-guard you going to label me as,” Crawford said.
Crawford is one of 16 free agent players taking part in the Pistons’ three-day minicamp, which concludes Thursday. He is joined by fellow Detroit natives Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Nix (Michigan State). Former Detroit Mercy standout Nick Minnerath is also participating. If the Pistons like any of the participants, the player could be invited to join their Orlando Summer League team or possibly earn a training camp invitation.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Pistons invite Detroit born assassin Jordan Crawford to mini camp. He led entire CBA with 43.1 points per game.
If the Heat waits until March 7/8, the Heat will consider players from a list it has compiled –– one that includes Dorell Wright, Wroten, Jordan Crawford, Jason Thompson, D-League players and some others likely to be available.
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July 22, 2018 | 12:15 pm EDT Update
What does the late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss have to do with LeBron James joining his team in 2018? The query sounds like a trick question, but a new story has come to light that makes it seem as though Dr. Buss was the one to kickstart the Lakers’ eventual pursuit and signing of their now-superstar all the way back in 2010. The Lakers didn’t have nearly enough cap space then to actually be a serious threat to sign James. But according to Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times, Buss was thinking beyond that: Buss thought about calling James anyway. Over lunch with his kids, he mentioned the idea, offhandedly. “It’d be good to know that guy,” his son Joey recalled him saying.
League rules allowed teams to meet with any free agent. Why not meet with James to introduce him to the Lakers’ vision? Why not sow the seeds of a future partnership? “LeBron was always somebody that he was interested in,” said Buss’ daughter Jeanie, the Lakers co-owner.
One colleague during that period was Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who was an assistant with the Cavaliers from 2005-10. Impressed with Fernandez’s development in the organization, Malone hired Fernandez as an assistant coach in 2016. “He gets his foot in the door,” Malone said of Fernandez, “and he’s going to find a way to continue to fill gaps and do things that are necessary for the team and the staff to move forward.”
Now, the 35-year-old Fernandez is regarded as an up-and-comer in his field, perhaps a future NBA head coach. There are two primary reasons why. One, he has a thirst for knowledge. And two, as one former boss said, he’s the ultimate “people coach.” “He’s been around Hall of Famers, but he’s also been around the last guys in the G League,” said Mike Gansey, the Cavaliers’ assistant general manager. “Whoever walks through that door, he can relate to them … he’s either watched it, lived it or seen it. That’s why he’s so valuable. “He gives more than basketball. That’s why I think our guys got so much better and people liked him so much … He could read people and knew when he had to get on them and when not (to) and how to treat them to get the most out of them.”
July 22, 2018 | 5:42 am EDT Update
The Thunder, Hawks and Sixers agreed on a deal that involves sending Anthony to the Hawks, and the Hawks plan to buy out Anthony, per USA TODAY Sports. It’s reported that the Rockets are the favorites to sign Anthony once that happens. Morey was asked, “So are we for sure getting Carmelo Anthony?” He responded, “In the mix.” Morey also said, “Yes,” as a reply to, “Does Daryl still have something up his sleeve?”
“It would be a great acquisition for us,” said Harden, who did run into Anthony at Paris Fashion Week last month when Harden was making the rounds with teammate P.J. Tucker. “Melo’s a proven vet. He just wants to win at this point, so it would be great for him to be on our team. The current roster we have now, we’ve got good guys back and we keep making forward progress.”
Italian team Fiat Torino announced the signing of Molloy product Jaylen Morris. Morris had a good rookie season in the NBA G League with the Erie BayHawks as he averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. In late February, he was called up by the Atlanta Hawks.