3 Most Likely Destinations for Jamal Crawford in Free Agency

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 25:  Jamal Crawford #11 of the Phoenix Suns in action against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena on February 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Jamal Crawford is one of the more creative and prolific scorers the NBA has seen in recent memory. After a solid year with the Phoenix Suns last season, the 39-year-old veteran remains a free agent in 2019. With the NBA season a dozen or so games in, teams are beginning to figure out holes they have and possible solutions to fill them – see Carmelo Anthony signing with the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this week.

Crawford's lack of team this season is "baffling" to both he and many fans. In his final game with the Suns last season, he dropped 51 points. Clearly, Crawford still has the scoring ability that made him so lethal for so long, despite his advanced age.

With Crawford being arguably the best free agent on the market, let's take a look at three teams that could potentially sign the veteran guard.

1. Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on November 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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With a league-best 12-2 record, the Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the best team in the NBA. Even so, you can never have too much depth. LeBron James is seemingly at his best when surrounded by shooters and Crawford, a savvy veteran and capable shooter, could be a nice fit in Los Angeles. Los Angeles currently gets the 10th-fewest points per game from its bench unit (34.9) and Crawford could give the Lakers a nice scoring punch off the bench.

2. Golden State Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 15: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors dibbles the ball against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Chase Center on November 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest strengths of the Golden State Warriors' recent title teams has been their depth, much of which was taken up by aging, high-IQ veterans like Crawford. While Golden State is certainly no title contender in 2019, they could bring in Crawford to improve their depth, which is clearly a weakness this season, as it's filled up with much more young players than in years past. The draw to Golden State for Crawford could be playing time, where he would conceivably receive more than he would with the other two teams on this list.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Paul George #13 Los Angeles Clippers and Kawhi Leonard #2 during overtime against Boston Celtics at Staples Center on November 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. It was the first time this season the pair played together after joining the Clippers. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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While the Clippers will offer many of the same opportunities as the Lakers for Crawford in terms of team talent, success and of course, geography, he does have more familiarity with the Clippers, having played there from 2012-17. Crawford could bring some offense and depth to a second unit and team that already is known for its defense. He's also a solid insurance plan in case Lou Williams ever goes down with an injury.

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