Golden State Warriors to go after either Nick Young or Jamal Crawford

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Jamal Crawford
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Jamal Crawford /

The Golden State Warriors will, reportedly, land either Nick Young or Jamal Crawford. The veteran guards could join to play for a title.

The Golden State Warriors have locked up the most important pieces of their roster. Their MVPs, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, have both agreed to deals. Some of their bench is returning, with Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, and David West agreeing to new contracts.

Still, the Warriors have work left to do. There are a few spots that need to be filled. So Bob Myers is seeing what’s available.

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ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes reported that there is a “strong possibility” either Nick Young or Jamal Crawford ends up on the Golden State Warriors. Golden State are probably in the market for a scoring shooting guard off the bench after the season that Ian Clark had. It’s likely that he’ll sign a deal way out of the Warriors’ price range with another team.

Young, 32, is coming off a strong year with the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 13 points per game on 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He has been seen hanging out with Draymond Green and JaVale McGee, a former teammate of his from their Washington Wizard days. He is a free agent that could sign if he accepts taking less money as a necessary evil for winning a championship.

Crawford, 37, will require a lot more moving pieces to get him (back) to the Bay. He’s, reportedly, being included in a three-team trade in which he would be sent to the Atlanta Hawks. He, then, would seek a buyout and have Golden State at the top of his list.

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Crawford scored 12 points per game last season on just 36 percent shooting from three. The former Sixth Man of the Year is still in really good shape, even at this point in his career. He played all 82 games for the Clippers, averaging 26 minutes per game.

Young and Crawford would both be interesting projects because of their playing styles. Still, they’re tough shot makers and can provide a nice scoring punch. The Warriors’ machine makes players better and, while they can’t offer a lot of money to those veterans, they can offer the chance to play for a title, something neither of them have.