Saturday , Aug , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Unhappy Hawk: Crawford and Atlanta clash over extension

Frustrated the Hawks have not offered him a contract extension, Jamal Crawford will ask the club to trade him, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Crawford, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $10M this season, approached the Hawks the first week of July about an extension. Hawks GM Rick Sund has not made Crawford an offer, a source with the organization told ESPN. The sides are scheduled to meet next week and if the Hawks do not make Crawford an offer he considers reasonable, he will ask to be traded.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Time to put the cards on the table. The real hold up, the real roadblock in negotiations between the Atlanta Hawks and Jamal Crawford is the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The current CBA expires next July. The new one will likely be far more restrictive. Salaries, term, and cap exceptions will be reduced.

So it’s in the Hawks’ interests to delay negotiating a new contract with Crawford until next summer. Then they probably get him for a lower price. Or, they sign a free agent of Crawford’s calibre to an equally affordable deal.

Of course, Crawford wants to use what power he currently has to force the Hawks into immediately tendering an extension.

Today, he has leverage. Next summer, who knows?

–Oly Sandor.

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