With the NBA trade deadline now just 10 days away and some big names reportedly on the market, you can expect quite the bevy of rumours and “reports” between now and the 15th. Given that the Raptors are supposed to be in full rebuilding mode or just “building” mode, as Bryan Colangelo would say, you would expect that any rumours involving Canada’s lone NBA team would reveal them as heavy sellers at the deadline.

It’s quite surprising then, and might I add perplexing, that the Raptors are reportedly one of the teams interested in trading for Trail Blazers guard and NBA journeyman Jamal Crawford, according to Hoops World. While the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year does have a very fair, if not valuable, contract at just $5 million this season and still averages nearly 15 points per game in Portland, Crawford will be 32 later this month, and the same report states that the Blazers are “concerned” Crawford will not exercise his $5 million player option for next season and will instead opt for free agency.

If the Raptors were planning on trading Leandro Barbosa before next Thursday’s deadline or anticipate losing him one way or another at the end of this season and Crawford was locked in at $5 million next season, I’d support this rumour. But given that Crawford is expected to go the free agent route and that his age doesn’t really fit with Toronto’s current rebuild, I would be against such a move. Plus, if the Raptors traded for Crawford, what would they have to give up to bring him in?

If they’re going to trade for and then sign Jamal Crawford, I’d much rather they just hold on to Barbosa. Hopefully this rumour is nothing more than a team, agent or player rep adding unwarranted teams to a list to drive up their client’s price, and nothing more than that.

Comments (7)

  1. Seems like a weird rumor to me. Much like the Chandler rumors last month, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Raptors.

    What do you think about Bayless getting some more burn in a Barbosa/Crawford type role?

    I know the Raps depth at PG is non existent, but I’m not sold on Bayless as a PG. I think he could be a spark off the bench offensive 2 though.

    • I’m actually wondering that myself. I’ve said for a while, that he could develop into a Jason Terry type role as a 6th man combo guard for them. More so for the 2 man, but occasional minutes at point when needed.

  2. I would wait til next season to go after him. At least if that can be possible then he won’t be destroying us like he has been doing season after season.

  3. Again, if this is true, you just have to ask, why is Brian Colangelo doing all of this when the Raptors are in an obvious rebuild mode?

    The only way I see the deal making any sense, is if it involves Portland’s first round draft pick going to Toronto. It could potentially be a lottery pick seeing how Portland is struggling right now. But kind of strange at the same time, if they would be willing to give it up for a guy like Barbosa.

    • Now that leaves another question to remain. Do anybody trust Bryan Colangelo of doing any of this? Because I sure don’t trust him.

  4. It’s actually amazing how many ways this would be a horrible move if it were true. The Raptors already have a veteran undersized scoring two, so obviously have no need for another. His addition would make absolutely no sense to the rebuilding theme the Raptors have going. I’ve never like Crawford because he’s a gunner who doesn’t play defense and can shoot your team out of games as much as into them. His whining about his contract when he was vastly overpaid doesn’t make him look good. Plus, I think he goes to playgrounds to bully kids in his spare time.

  5. Do.not.want

    Crawford doesn’t fit our team or plan, I do agree with upping Bayless’ role on the team. When Casey was running a 2nd unit of Bayless, Barbosa, Kleiza, J.Johnson and Davis, I thought they worked well together.

    I would love to see Bayless be first off the bench and get some burn alongside the starters and see where that goes.

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