Keeping Jamal Crawford is one big move Kevin Durant wants Nets to make for 2020-21
When the Brooklyn Nets signed veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford for the Orlando games, there was speculation that the three-time Sixth Man of the Year could be on the team next season as well due to his close relationship with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
It looks like those rumors were true, as Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting the Nets “are seriously considering” bringing Crawford back for the 2020-21 season:
“Sources said Crawford has shown his value in the locker room and demonstrated in his limited practices — due to a hamstring injury — that he’s still an offensive force. The Nets are seriously considering adding him to the roster for the 2020-21 season, sources said.
“Nets superstar Kevin Durant has already publicly lobbied for Crawford to stay.”
Durant would love Crawford to stick around, and he quickly made it known how happy he was to have the veteran on the team.
Crawford has only appeared in one game in the bubble due to the hamstring injury. He suffered the injury shortly after making his first basket with Brooklyn.
The Nets can likely re-sign Crawford for the vet minimum this offseason. Brooklyn should be title contenders in 2020-21 with Durant and Irving leading the way, so Crawford could be a nice bench piece for the Nets.
Brooklyn will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. Without Durant, Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie, the Nets will likely lose to the Raptors and get bounced in the first round of the postseason for the second consecutive year.
However, patience should eventually pay off for Nets fans. Durant and Irving are two of the best scorers in the NBA and have championships. The two superstars will likely have Brooklyn near the top of the NBA standings in 2020-21.