The Golden State Warriors have 14 guaranteed contract and couldn’t add Jamal Crawford till late in the season if they wanted the veteran guard.
The Golden Stae Warriors are so close to the hard cap that they couldn’t add Jamal Crawford right now even if they wanted to. They’d have to shed a player like Alfonzo McKinnie, one of the only players not on a fully guaranteed contract.
However, later in the season, it becomes completely possible. The veteran’s minimum is a prorated contract. The Warriors wouldn’t need to pay him the full $2.3 million if they sign him in February or March.
Then, the reunion is easily feasible. And, the Warriors, who could use the help on their second unit, shouldn’t turn away Crawford. After all, it’d be an extremely low-risk addition for the Warriors.
One retired, future Hall of Fame guard is on board for Crawford on the Warriors. That player is none other than Dwyane Wade, who told Heavy.com’s Brandon Robinson that he’d “love” to see Crawford on the Warriors.
"“I would love to see him on a team like the Golden State [Warriors],” Wade told me."
Crawford played 54 games with the Warriors during the prime of his career. He averaged 19.7 points during his stint which was back in the 2008-2009 season, over a decade ago. Believe or not but that was already Crawford’s ninth season in the league.
He’ll be entering his 20th season if he can find his way onto an NBA roster. He signed with the Phoenix Suns last season and scored 7.9 points per game in 64 games. While he’s far from an elite or capable defender, he’d easily join the Warriors as their best playmaker on the second unit.
He’d also bring that leadership that the Warriors will lack after the departure of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livington. He’s been to the postseason eight times and is just months away from being 40.
He has everything you want in a backup guard, and as the contract situation becomes more feasible, Crawford should certainly gain traction as a target for Golden State.