of ESPN.com linked
the Indiana Pacers to interest in Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford on Wednesday. Ken Berger
reported earlier Thursday
that the Blazers were seeking a first round pick in Crawford deals.
A league source confirmed those reports on Wednesday, providing some additional details
of talks between the teams.
A league source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com later Thursday that reported talks between the Blazers and Pacers are "legitimate" and have included a scenario that would send Crawford to Indiana for guard A.J. Price and a 2012 first round pick. Indiana has sufficient salary cap space to absorb Crawford's contract without matching salaries.
Indiana, the source said, is hesitant to part with a first round pick, given the quality and depth of this year's draft pool as well as Crawford's contract situation.
Crawford's player option for 2012-2013 -- and the uncertainty that goes with it -- could be hurting his value during early trade talks.
"The first team to give Portland a first round pick for Crawford will have him," the source predicted.
Crawford has previously been linked
to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers in rumors.
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