Jamal Crawford to Phoenix Suns? Free agent guard would be an upgrade for team

Jamal Crawford can help an NBA team.

So if that’s him in that Twitter video, and if he’s a free agent target for acting general manager James Jones, that’s a good sign for Suns fans.

He’s mostly come off the bench.

He’s mostly been known for his scoring.

But he’s as steady as they come, having been a professional nearly 20 years.

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Can Crawford run an offense?  Sure, he can.

Can Crawford be a starter? Absolutely.

But mostly, he’s a veteran who has kept himself in peak shape. He can teach younger players what it takes to survive and thrive in the NBA.

He’s not an ideal fit.

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In 17 seasons, Crawford has never averaged more than 5 assists per game, and he averages just 3.4 per game for his career, despite being a ball-dominant guard. His assist-to-turnover ratio isn’t what you want for a lead ballhandler, either.

He’s only made the playoffs eight times in 17 seasons and has never advanced past the second round.

All that said, if he fits in the salary cap, acting general managers James Jones and Trevor Bukstein should sign him up.

He’s an upgrade at guard. He’s a proven veteran. And he’s a playmaker.

Of course, Robert Sarver wants James Jones as GM – but why would James Jones want the job?

James Jones addresses Jamal Crawford

Suns interim general manager James Jones talked about Jamal Crawford in an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Friday.

“I like Jamal. I know him personally. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy,” Jones said. “Those are the types of players that we will look towards as we go through the season. More importantly, it’s not even about who potentially could be here or who’s out there. I’m focused on who’s here and we know who those guys are.

“Jamal is a name that — a guy that we’re looking at. He’s someone that we’ve expressed interest in, one of many names.”

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