There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the Boston Celtics earlier this season and nothing came out of it. The first and foremost rumor that happened was whether or not the Celtics were just going to throw their season away in favor of a high draft pick. I’ve said it before and I will say it again that tanking is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.
Then there was the Rajon Rondo to the Sacramento Kings for some mediocre players in return, which was never even discussed. Then there was the mega rumor when the Celtics have contacted the Houston Rockets about the availability of disgruntled center Omer Asik. Sure, there were discussions about him coming to the Celtics, but the Rockets were playing hardball and wanted too much in return. Not worth it and the trade possiblilty fell through.
One thing that is a very encouraging sign is that Jordan Crawford wants to remain with the Celtics after this season. The former Xavier guard is having the best season of his career and he has been given large shoes to fill in Rajon Rondo’s absence. The way Jordan Crawford has played so far this season has put him on the fast track to winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award and he deserves all the credit so far by keeping the Celtics away from the bottom of the league.
Jordan Crawford is averaging 13.6 points and a team leading 5.6 assists per game this season with the Celtics. With these numbers and a more promised role on the Celtics, Jordan Crawford has his preferences to stay here in Boston and knows that anything can happen in free agency.
“It’s an NBA thing,” said Jordan Crawford. “You’re supposed to think about being a free agent. It’s going to happen, so there’s nothing I can do to deny it. I definitely want to be here (with the Celtics). But it’s the NBA. You never know what’s going to happen.”
I’m sure everybody is wondering how much Jordan Crawford will be commanding or how much is he going to be worth with a lot of teams looking for effective point guards. There had been a rumor spread out that the Miami Heat were reportedly interested in trading for Crawford, so the open market for him looks very favorable. Crawford’s interest in staying with the Celtics will make Danny Ainge’s job much easier in negotiating a new contract will work in favor of the Celtics. Crawford is currently making $2.1 million this season with the Celtics and everybody knows that the asking price is going to go up either way with the way he has played this season.
There is a risky, but cheap option for the Celtics to retain Jordan Crawford and go after anybody else in free agency to continue to build their roster. The Celtics will have negotiating rights with Crawford first because he is a restricted free agent and could easily throw in a qualifying one year offer to make him unavailable to other teams. The maximum qualifying offer is worth $3.2 million for next season for other teams as well as the Celtics. If one team offers the $3.2 qualifying offer to Crawford, all the Celtics have to do is match the offer and that will make Crawford an automatic member of the Celtics for the 2014-15 season. It is a risky move because anybody can just go beyond the qualifying offer that is available to Crawford, which is a preferred contract that he wants and another team could just as easily sweep him up.
I want Jordan Crawford to stay with the Celtics just as much as he wants to because he has proven to be a big playmaker for the Celtics and is the perfect bench option behind Rajon Rondo. Not to discredit Phil Pressey’s capabilities, but Crawford provides great depth and another scoring option for the Celtics. It will be interesting to see where Crawford ends up after this season, but I sure hope that he remains here in Boston as well as he does.