Miami Heat Rumors: Heat Interested in Acquiring Guard Jamal Crawford

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Add another big name to the list of players the Miami Heat are trying to acquire this offseason.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that the Heat have reached out to the Los Angeles Clippers to get an idea of what it would take to acquire guard Jamal Crawford. The Clippers are not currently shopping Crawford around, but that is not stopping teams from inquiring about the 15-year veteran.

With the amount of large salary deals that have taken place this offseason, Crawford’s $5.7 million deal for the 2015-16 season is a bargain. He is in the last year of his contract and averaged 15.8 points per game last season. For his career, the 6’5″ guard has averaged 15.6 points per contest.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also explored the possibility of acquiring the three-point shooter. The Cavaliers are looking to get rid of Brendan Haywood’s $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract for next season. The Clippers would have to add a player or two to the deal to have matching salaries to complete the trade.

Both teams are in desperate need of three-point shooting—the Heat ranked 21st in the NBA in three-point shots converted and 24th in three-point shooting percentage, while the Cavs’ J.R. Smith remains an unsigned free agent.

It will be interesting to see over the next few days what the Heat offer in order to acquire Crawford as they’ll be involved in an “arms race” with the Cavaliers for the services of the reserve-scoring specialist.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.