Hey all, the recent outpouring of draft blogs, insider tweets, and (most important) BE FanPosts have us all going stir crazy trying to figure out what is in Olshey's mind and what he will possibly do come June 28th. This recent J Quick article has gotten me thinking on perhaps an exploitation of a team like the Miami Heat for a player like Jamal Crawford, and the wheeling and dealing we can do to them while they are in such a vulnerable state.
In this article, Quick explains the deadline extension for J-Craw's deal that may allow him to be included in a draft-day trade. We all know Jamal is peacing out of Portland (in my opinion pretty selfishly), so why not try and get something for him rather than just seeing him bail. I know that Jamal didn't pan out for us, and i'm actually not a personal fan of his game, but I do know that a playmaking jumpshooter is a valuable asset in the NBA and could merit something of value for us if used in the right deal.
Take a team like the Miami Heat for instance. A team that is obviously in a "win-now" state who really couldn't care less about their late 20's draft pick. Why not try and send Jamal to Miami for their 1st rounder? The worst they could say is no, which is the same as him walking...so why not? Perhaps Olshey is feeling a bit ballsy and trys to pry a player from them also (although I think their 1st rounder would be more valuable to us then anybody on their roster that they would be willing to part with). There are definitely role-player caliber talents in the late 1st round, in fact, there is probably guys in that range that are more valuable to us then Jamal is instantly.
Now view this from the Heat's perspective. Godspeed to Mike Miller for all of his family/life struggles but he is not the player the Heat want in that role. Jamal could produce for them, as he would get open jumpers coming off of the Big 3's ( Big 2's?) double teams. He wouldn't have to create off of the dribble and chuck wild jumpshots as he did here, and would be seeing more wide open J's which should be in his range to hit. Also in late game situations if Wade and LBJ are being smothered, he is not a terrible buzzer beater shooter who could deliver a late game thrill or 2.
The question is, would this be realistic? Would the Heat;s brass give us a 1st rounder for a guy who is on the wrong side of 30 and is coming off a baleful season? In my opinion it is worth a shot.