of NBA.com reports
that the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats might consider a guard swap.
It's obvious that Crawford and Nate McMillan aren't working. Nobody really thought they would, but the lack of money available elsewhere for Crawford made a two-year deal with Portland for $10 million the only contract worth signing. Now, though, the Blazers are looking to cut their losses. Initially, a deal with Minnesota, which coveted Crawford initially, seemed like a no-brainer, with the Blazers re-patriating Luke Ridnour to Oregon. But Ricky Rubio's season-ending ACL tear Friday has made that potential deal much less likely, with the Wolves needing to hold onto their veteran point guard. So, now, according to a source, there's a chance Crawford winds up with the Bobcats in a potential deal for guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin has played just fine this season, but he's expendable now that Kemba Walker is there.
Charlotte is tanking hard this season and Crawford is on the books for $5 million, while Augustin makes $3.2 million. Obviously some other meaningful asset and/or wheelbarrows of cash would need to be included by Portland for Bobcats GM Rich Cho to consider this idea.
Given Augustin's contract status (final year of rookie deal) and Portland's need at the point guard position, this likely won't be the last time team and player are linked between now and whenever he signs his next contract.
of the Charlotte Observer confirms
that the Blazers are interested in Augustin. Also, Sean Deveney
of the Sporting News reports
that the Indiana Pacers are also chasing Augustin.
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