A Jamal Crawford trade to the Los Angeles Clippers may be very close for the Portland Trail Blazers. The hold-up in this possible deal, as well as potential trades with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers is the fact that the Blazers want a first round pick in return.
According to one report on CBS, the Pacers would send A.J. Price in return for Crawford, along with the team's first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft if the Blazers can convince them to do it. The talks are being called "legitimate," so maybe something will get done between these two teams rather soon.
The other report on CBS has the Blazers talking with the LA Clippers about sending over Eric Bledsoe, along with a first round draft pick. That really seems like a trade that would work perfectly for both teams, especially because the Clippers would receive someone that could become the everyday shooting guard.
The Blazers don't seem to want to part with Crawford without getting a draft pick in return and that is a smart move by the franchise. Crawford has a lot to offer a new team, especially with his ability to play both the point guard and shooting guard positions. This year he is averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 assists in just 26.8 minutes per game. He could easily play 35-38 minutes though, especially if a team were to give him that chance.
Do you think that one of these deals for Jamal Crawford works better than the other for the Portland Trail Blazers? Will the LA Clippers become a favorite in the Western Conference if they only have to give up Eric Bledsoe and a pick to get it done?