Jamal Crawford to Alvin Gentry: I want to be in Phoenix
Broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns, John Bloom, tweeted: “Jamal Crawford just told EJ on press row and Alvin Gentry on the sidelines that he needs to be here in Phoenix with Blazer teammates nearby.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Talk about awkward.
Jamal Crawford has a team, contract, and role for 2012. He’s a combo guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. Sometimes he starts, sometimes he comes off the bench.
This minor detail didn’t prevent the Seattle native from marketing his services for 2013. Apparently, Crawford thinks he’d fit with the Phoenix Suns and told their coach, Alvin Gentry, as much.
Here’s the problem: the Blazers were playing the Suns when this happened.
In the middle of the game, Crawford, in front of his Blazer teammates and coaches, tried to sell himself to the Suns’ coach as a potential off-season signing.
Crawford, who signed with the Blazers this off-season, apparently will exercise his option on 2013, leave $5 million on the table, and become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Of course, players who sell themselves to one team while (literally) playing for another team typically come with a buyer’s beware tag.
Crawford may find being assertive has hurt his market value.
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