Nets’ Jamal Crawford reveals plans for next season
Jamal Crawford only played five minutes with the Brooklyn Nets after signing with them for the bubble games. The veteran guard hurt his hamstring on Aug. 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks and never played at Walt Disney World again.
The Nets got swept by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. Following Brooklyn’s exit, Crawford was asked by Marc Stein of The New York Times if he plans on playing again in 2020-21:
Nets guard Jamal Crawford tells @NYTSports he indeed hopes to play again next season at age 41 … with more from @JCrossover and further chatter from inside the NBA Bubble forthcoming in the latest @nytimes On Basketball newsletter bound for inboxes worldwide later today …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 25, 2020
Jamal Crawford has a close relationship with Nets superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks re-sign Crawford for the vet minimum this offseason. Durant has been lobbying for Crawford’s return.
The Nets will likely be title contenders next season with Durant and Irving leading the way. Despite being the oldest player in the NBA, Crawford can still get buckets off the bench, and that’s an important skill for a team to have in the playoffs since the game slows down and half-court scoring is at a premium.
For his career, Crawford has averages of 14.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He has won Sixth Man of the Year three times and is well-respected around the league.
Crawford could be a solid veteran leader for the Nets next season and already has a rapport with the team’s two best players. It makes all the sense in the world for Brooklyn to re-sign Crawford and have him around as a veteran scoring presence.