The Cleveland Cavaliers had discussions with veteran guard Jamal Crawford about joining their team this offseason.
Although those talks fell through, reports indicate that Crawford would have joined the Cavs had the Isaiah Thomas trade been completed when talks were underway.
According to Joe Verdon of Cleveland.com, Crawford would have joined his close friend, Thomas, in Cleveland.
Separately, Crawford was considering the Cavs as a destination in free agency last summer, along with the Warriors, but settled on the Timberwolves. Minnesota paid him more than the Cavs were offering. Cleveland wanted him to come on a veteran’s minimum, while Crawford wanted the Cavs to use their $5.2 million mid-level exception. The Cavs chose to give a portion of the mid-level to rookie Cedi Osman to bring him over from Turkey, and Crawford said he chose the Wolves because they weren’t as established as Cleveland or Golden State.
After Crawford picked Minnesota, though, the Boston Celtics traded Thomas to the Cavs. Had the trade occurred before or during Crawford’s free agency, Crawford said he’d have come to Cleveland.
Crawford has spoken of his friendship with the now-Cavs guard.
“That’s my brother,” Crawford said. “We’re past like friends or basketball relationship. … Like, we go on vacation, like it’s his family and my family. … so that would’ve had to change things.”
“We play at his high school all the time,” Thomas said. “We’re always scrimmaging at high schools. We’re always just trying to find a good run, so wherever it may be, if somebody hits us up we’ll be there.”
Cavs’ Rodney Hood Does Not Want to Be Gunner
The Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff has been pushing shooting guard Rodney Hood to be more aggressive, but Hood admits that he simply isn’t meant to be a gunner.
“I’m not a gunner,” Hood said, according to Cleveland.com.
“I think it’s not great for our team for me to be a gunner. We have a lot of guys who can score the ball. I draw attention. So when I draw attention, make the dump-off pass and make the right play, spray out to shooters and some nights we hit shots and it’s great and some nights we don’t hit shots and it’s like, ‘You need to shoot the ball more.’
Hood has put up 13.0 ppg this season for Cleveland and admits he is still finding his place in the offense.
“Just figuring it out,” Hood stated. “Trying to figure out the even balance of being real aggressive and making plays like I’ve been trying to do.”
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks
Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Targeting January Return
Love underwent surgery on his injured toe at the beginning of November and he was initially projected to be available to return around Christmas, but now his projected timetable of return seems to be the middle of January.
With one of the worst records in the NBA, Cleveland can afford to take their time with Love and bring him back slowly.
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