There won’t be any tears shed over this goodbye. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Don Nelson‘s dreams came true, and Jamal Crawford is being shipped out of town in exchange for Speedy Claxton and Acie Law IV.
This move makes a lot of sense for Golden State. They still have a roster full of guys who can play shooting guard without Crawford. Plus, they now have two viable backup options at point guard if Nellie wants to slot Monta Ellis to the two for a couple possessions.
But what about Atlanta? Does it make sense to put Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson on the court at the same time? Joe’s a Mack Truck – he can defend a three if those guys are on the floor together. If they could figure it out, Atlanta could be really dangerous offensively.
The deal might affect the Hawks’ draft plans. With two guys who both like to handle the ball a lot, they’ve got to look for a pass-first point. Maybe this increases Ty Lawson‘s value on the squad?