Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Plot Thickens

We know where the Knicks stand on Jamal Crawford - unwilling to trade Toney Douglas, and offering the "stretch exception" to Jamal for 2 years, $5 million.

Earler today, however, it was reported that the Indiana Pacers offered Crawford a 2 year deal worth $10 million, with an opt-out after the first year. That's double the amount of money the Knicks can offer, and with the Pacers quickly building a young team with potential, it seemed like the Knicks fell out of the hunt.

Until Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star tweeted this....
Jamal Crawford has turned down the Pacers 2 yr, $10 million down offer, according to a source

Likewise, LaMarcus Alrdidge said that he was doing his best to convince Crawford to join the Blazers. Jamal is a West coast guy (Seattle native), so the Blazers would make a lot of sense. Especially since Brandon Roy retired.

But... this does still leave the Knicks available. I don't know the Blazers' cap situation, but I don't think they can offer a ton more than the Knicks.

Involved in all this is Shawne Williams, who the Knicks would love to re-sign. He is probably waiting for Crawford's decision to see if he can get more money for the Knicks. He is fielding longer, more lucrative deals from other teams though.

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