Jamal Crawford: Nellie Says Buh-Bye

Jamal Crawford will soon be leaving the Golden State, according to NBA Rumors.

“We did meet. I did tell him,” Nelson said. “I’ve always been very open and honest with my players and I did tell him he probably would either opt out or we would move him next year. That’s a fact and I just don’t see that that’s going to work. I’m loaded in the backcourt. If I’m going to move (Stephen) Jackson into the backcourt, now I’m really overloaded. I think he’s too good a player to be a 10- or 15-minute player, as a backup player.”

Perhaps Crawford is better than a 10-15 minute guy, but let’s face facts. If he was a better defender and shot it at a higher percentage, Nelson isn’t talking about Crawford opting-out or being traded. I’d be curious to see what market there is for Crawford.

During his time here with the Bulls, I think most fans were left with the impression that Crawford thought he was better than he truly is. He can score, he’s a bigger guard, he runs the floor pretty well, but his shot selection was always bad and his defense was worse. He is what he is — a guy that will come in and give you some offense, at times going on torrid scoring streaks. But be prepared for him to get smoked down on the other end of the floor, and get ready to cover thine eyes with some of the shots he takes.

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