NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Signs With Blazers

Atlanta Hawks free agent guard Jamal Crawford signed a two-year $10 million deal with a player option for the second year with the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Hawks Sign Willie Green

The undersized shooting guard is expected to provide the Hawks bench with some additional offense.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jannero Pargo Signs With Atlanta Hawks, Per A Source

Hoping to solidify the point guard position, the Atlanta Hawks have signed another floor general to help lead their offense. Former Chicago Bull Jannero Pargo will be bringing his talents to the Phillips Arena.

Work_pic_normal Source says guard Jannero Pargo is expected to sign a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with Atlanta. @sam_amick via Twitter
Earlier, Earl Watson was reportedly going to sign with the Hawks to a one-year deal as Kirk Hinrich looked to be out with a shoulder injury for an extended period of time. Jeff Teague is installed as the starter for the Hawks, but Pargo and Watson should be able to provide some veteran leadership to the position.

Pargo has averaged 6.6 points/game and 2.0 assists/game in seven years in the NBA.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Signs With Portland

After a successful two-year stint in Atlanta that saw him win the Sixth Man of the Year Award while dazzling fans with late-game heroics, free agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford has signed a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers:

 Ken Berger 
Crawford gets a two-year deal for about $10M, with the second year being a player option, source says.

With Atlanta's ownership group determined not to exceed the luxury tax, and over $57 million already committed to Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Kirk Hinrich, there was little chance for Crawford to come back to the Hawks.

In an effort to his bench production, Atlanta signed Tracy McGrady to a one-year deal earlier in the off-season.

Portland, who just lost star guard Brandon Roy to a medical retirement, is a perfect fit for Crawford. They need scoring from the perimeter, and the player option will allow him to judge his market value next season, when a lot more teams should be under the salary cap.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Eliminates Knicks, Considering Kings, Blazers

Free agent guard Jamal Crawford will reportedly choose between either the Sacramento Kings or the Portland Trailblazers after telling the Knicks on Wednesday that he was no longer considering their offer

Crawford's agent gave the Knicks the news on Wednesday. New York was fighting an uphill battle in their pursuit of Crawford as they were only able to offer a $2.5 million salary. Crawford turned down a two-year $10 million offer from Indiana on Tuesday.

Portland's offer is thought to be in the same neighborhood as Indiana's but has the advantage of being located close to Crawford's Seattle home. Sacramento has the cap space to make an even better offer for Crawford but seems like an odd fit with Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and rookie Jimmer Fredette already on the roster. Earlier this offseason, the Kings re-signed Thornton to a five-year $40 million contract. 

Crawford told the Seattle Times that it wasn't so much the dollar amount but the fit with the team that was most important. It's kind of everything," he said. "Honestly, it's not really the money so much. It's the fit, how I see myself fitting in that situation. Like I said, they're really good situations."

If Crawford chooses to sign in Sacramento, then he may have a hard time explaining the above statement to Portland and New York. 

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Reportedly Turns Down Indiana, Considering Kings, Knicks, Blazers

According to a report by SI.com NBA writer Sam Amick, free agent guard Jamal Crawford has trimmed his list to three teams after turning down a two-year offer from the Indiana Pacers. Crawford is now thought to be considering offers from the Portland Trailblazers, New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings

Both Sacramento and Portland have offered two-year deals thought to be worth around $5 million annually. New York can offer only half of that with its "room" exception of $2.5 million. 

The Knicks are hoping that the bright lights of New York might be enough to convince Crawford to take less money and return to the club he starred for from 2004-2009. Portland offers Crawford the chance to be close to his Seattle home and the opportunity to fill some of the void left by the medical retirement of Brandon Roy

Sacramento seems to be an odd fit as the Kings just re-signed Marcus Thornton and already have Tyreke Evans and rookie Jimmer Fredette. Sources told Amick that the Kings could offer Crawford the chance to start alongside Evans which is something Crawford hasn't done in either of his two years with Atlanta. 

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Atlanta Hawks, SportSouth Announce 2011-2012 Broadcast Schedule

The Atlanta Hawks announced on Tuesday that SportSouth will televise 65 of the 66 regular season games. Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins return to the broadcast booth this season.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Considering Offers From Portland, Indiana According To Reports

Jamal Crawford could be one step closer to having a new home after reportedly receiving a two-year, $10 million offer from the Portland Trailblazers. 

Agent Andy Miller confirms Portland's interest in guard Jamal Crawford. They have offered 2 years, $10 million. Crawford considering

The move will also reportedly cause the Blazers to either use the amnesty clause on Brandon Roy or means that the team will receive a medical exception from the league on behalf of Roy to be able to offer Crawford the full mid-level exception. Indiana also extended a two-year, $10 million offer that also includes an opt-out that would allow Crawford to become a free agent again next summer. No word yet on whether or not the Portland offer includes an opt-out. 

Minnesota and New York have also been pursuing Crawford although the Timberwolves may have pulled out. The Knicks seemed to be a popular landing spot for Crawford during the offseason but the Knicks can only offer a fraction of the money that is being offered by Portland and Indiana. 

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NBA Training Camp: Atlanta Hawks Add Former Pitt Star Brad Wanamaker To Camp Roster

After obtaining clearance from FIBA, former Pittsburgh point guard Brad Wanamaker has been signed by the Atlanta Hawks to a training camp deal. Currently Atlanta has only one healthy true point guard on its roster in Jeff Teague after Kirk Hinrich had offseason shoulder surgery and will miss the start of the season. That leaves Wanamaker along with D-Leaguer Donald Sloan and second year player Pape Sy as those currently on the training camp roster vying for time as the back up point guard. 

Another option for the point guard position could be the newly acquired Tracy McGrady who played some point for the Detroit Pistons last season. The Hawks are reportedly still looking for a veteran point guard to add to the roster. 

Here is a look at the Atlanta Hawks full training camp roster:

13 Keith Benson F/C 6-11 230 Oakland R
34 Jason Collins C 7-0 265 Stanford 10
45 Charles Garcia F 6-10 230 Seattle R
32 Zach Graham G 6-6 210 Mississippi R
6 Kirk Hinrich G 6-4 190 Kansas 8
15 Al Horford F/C 6-10 246 Florida 4
44 Ivan Johnson F 6-8 230 Cal State, San Bernadino R
2 Joe Johnson G 6-7 240 Arkansas 10
1 Tracy McGrady G 6-8 223 Mt. Zion Christian Academy 14
27 Zaza Pachulia F/C 6-11 275 Republic of Georgia 8
Vladimir Radmanovich F 6-10 230 Belgrade Serbia 10
25 Magnum Rolle F 6-11 235 Louisiana Tech R
12 Donald Sloan G 6-3 205 Texas A&M R
5 Josh Smith F 6-9 225 Oak Hill Academy 7
42 Jerry Stackhouse F/G 6-6 218 North Carolina 16
19 Pape Sy G/F 6-7 225 STB La/Havre/France 1
0 Jeff Teague G 6-2 181 Wake Forest 2
22 Brad Wanamaker G 6-4 210 Pittsburgh R
24 Marvin Williams F 6-9 240 North Carolina 6

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Knicks, Trail Blazers, Others Still Chasing Jamal Crawford

The NBA free agent period is in full swing but Jamal Crawford is still available and according to a report by David Aldridge, still has multiple teams chasing him. According to Aldridge, the Knicks, Trail Blazers, Pacers and Timberwolves are thought to be the most interested teams. 

The problem for Crawford is that he is reportedly looking to make more than the $8 million per year deal that Marcus Thornton got when he re-signed with the Sacramento Kings. That price tag could be too expensive for any of the teams most interested in signing him. 

Currently the Knicks can only offer Jamal the "room" exception of $2.5 million. Indiana is also rumored to be in trade discussions with the Memphis Grizzlies for guard O.J. Mayo which could affect their interest in Crawford. 

Further complicating matters is the Atlanta Hawks' refusal to do a sign-and-trade deal involving Crawford that would put them above the luxury tax threshold. 

For more on the Atlanta Hawks, be sure to check out SB Nation blog Peachtree Hoops. For more on the transactions going on around the NBA, check out the SB Nation NBA hub.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Hawks-Knicks Discussing Jamal Crawford Sign-And-Trade, According To Report

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks and an unnamed third team are discussing a possible three team sign-and-trade for Atlanta free agent guard Jamal Crawford. The situation appears to be fluid as Pro Basketball Talk's Matt Moore reported earlier that Knicks guard Toney Douglas was part of the deal. CBS Sports NBA writer Ken Berger reports that Douglas wasn't in the deal in its current form.  

Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham cautioned last night that Atlanta general manager Rick Sund still had not received the ok from ownership to pull the trigger on any deal that would result in a luxury tax payment for the Hawks. As a result, that virtually eliminates the possibility of a Crawford sign-and-trade. Cunningham also writes that Sund was searching for a way to gain some salary relief without using the amnesty clause. 

Cunningham caught up with Sund on Sunday and the Hawks GM reiterated that it was doubtful that the Hawks would pay the luxury tax which raises further doubts about the rumored Hawks-Knicks trade discussions. 

#Hawks GM Sund: "We have never been a taxpaying team and our goal is not to pay the tax. You never say never." No tax=No Crawford S & T

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Hawks Sign Forward Vladimir Radmanovic

The Atlanta Hawks have signed 10-year vet in forward Vladimir Radmanovic late Friday night. Hawks head coach Larry Drew knew that they needed another sharp shooter when opposing teams double up on Joe Johnson, so the Hawks went out and signed Radmanovic:

"A guy that has the reputation of a 3-point shooter, [the defense] always have to be aware of him," Drew said. "I watched a lot of film on him and he has a very uncanny ability to get to an open spot very fast. ... We are a team when we move the basketball and get the ball in right people's hands it's going to force the defense to collapse, and the more shooters you have out there with those type of guys the more it helps you."

The Hawks general manager Rick Sund is familiar with Radmanovic as he was the general manager of Seattle who selected Radmanovic No. 12 overall draft pick in 2001. Last year Radmanovic was on the Golden State Warriors where he averaged six points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

The details of the contract were not disclosed.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jason Collins Reportedly Will Re-Sign In Atlanta

Jason Collins, the Atlanta Hawks 7'0 255 center, will reportedly stay in Atlanta on a one-year deal:

 Adrian Wojnarowski 
Free agent forward Jason Collins will return to the Atlanta Hawks with a one-year deal, a league source tells Yahoo! Sports.

Collins has never produced much statistically, as he averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Hawks last season.

But he does give Atlanta some much-needed size in the front-court, and his ability to defend Dwight Howard 1-on-1 in the low post and give six strong fouls was crucial in the Hawks first-round victory over Orlando in last year's playoffs.

A ten-year NBA veteran out of Stanford, Collins was the starting center for the New Jersey Nets in their two trips to the NBA Finals earlier in the decade, where he performed the same function against Tim Duncan and Shaq that he does against Howard now.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls Are Potential Sign-And-Trade Partner For Jamal Crawford

According to a report, the Atlanta Hawks are discussing a potential sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls that would land Jamal Crawford in the windy city. The Hawks are thought to be pursuing a package centered around Bulls' guard Ronnie Brewer

Chicago has been rumored to as a potential suitor for Crawford but will likely need the Hawks help to land him. The Bulls could offer Jamal the $5 million mid-level exception but Crawford is likely to find more lucrative offers elsewhere. Hence the Bulls interest in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta. 

Other players rumored as being discussed include Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson and Omer Asik. Korver could potentially add a long range element to the Hawks' offense while Asik would be a mighty addition to the frontcourt. The Bulls however, aren't likely to part with Asik who is back up to Joakim Noah and is on a rookie scale contract. 

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Earl Watson To Sign With The Atlanta Hawks, According To Source

The Atlanta Hawks have been quite active since the free-agent window opened up, as a sign-and-trade deal with Jamal Crawford is possibly in the works. Tracy McGrady has agreed to a one-year deal to sign with the club, and with Kirk Hinrich looking to be out with a shoulder injury the organization has shored up their point guard depth to start the season.

Earl Watson is leaning toward signing with the Atlanta Hawks, according to a league source. -- @AlexKennedyNBA on Twitter

The 10-year NBA veteran was serving as a reserve for the Utah Jazz last season, as the point guard from UCLA averaged 4.3 points/game and 3.5 assists/game in about 20 minutes worth of action. Watson is a proficient distributor and a sound defender.  

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Tracy McGrady Signs One-Year Deal With Atlanta Hawks, According To Report

Per a report from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, seven-time all-star and two-time scoring champion Tracy McGrady has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks for the veteran's minimum. McGrady appeared in 72 games last season for the Detroit Pistons averaging 8.0 points per game.

If the story holds true that McGrady signs with the Hawks, this could mean the end of the Jamal Crawford era in Atlanta. Crawford has been linked to as many as seven teams in recent days as the former sixth-man award winner is looking to sign another lucrative deal in this free-agent period. The Hawks are also going to be without the services of Kirk Hinrich, who went down with a shoulder surgery, and the thought process could be that McGrady could serve as an additional ball handler for the Hawks offense.

Of course with signing for the veteran's minimum and the injuries that have amounted over the years, any sizable contribution from McGrady at this point will be gravy.

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NBA Rumors 2011: Atlanta Hawks Considering Luxury Tax Options

The Atlanta Hawks have handed out some sizable contracts to several players in recent years but have annually stopped short of going over the luxury tax threshold. However, a couple of new provisions in the NBA's new CBA agreement could change their stance. 

Under the old CBA agreement, the Atlanta Hawks received approximately $2.4 million as a non-tax paying team. That means that by staying under the luxury tax threshold, the franchise received $2.4 million dollars from the league which was their share of the moneys paid by teams whose salaries were over the tax threshold. However, that format is changing this season as no more than 50 percent of tax funds can go exclusively to teams that did not pay the tax

Hawks beat writer Micheal Cunningham writes that since it might not be as rewarding to stay out of the tax, the Hawks might loosen the purse strings a little to give themselves options for rounding out the roster. 

My educated guess: If it isn't as lucrative for the Hawks to be a non-taxpaying team anymore, that might be the thing that prods them to spend into the tax. And outside of using the amnesty now, which I'm still hearing they won't do, I can't think of any scenario under which they can avoid paying the tax if they add veteran players.

It is essentially that cut and dry. If Atlanta tries to remain under the tax then it will have roughly $5 million to use to try and add six players to get to the league minimum of 13. That is further compounded by the news that Kirk Hinrich will miss the first part of the season after shoulder surgery. 

Another caveat of the new CBA that could lesson the sting of the luxury tax is the new revenue-sharing plan of which details haven't fully been released. The new plan according to cap expert Larry Coon is said to triple the amount of money that was previously shared but it is still unknown how big of a cut the Hawks would be in line to get. 

For more on the Atlanta Hawks, be sure to check out Peachtree Hoops

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Linked To Multiple Teams

Atlanta Hawks free agent guard Jamal Crawford is drawing a lot of interest from multiple teams that are interested in acquiring the services of the former Sixth Man of the Year award winner. According to a report, as many as seven teams have expressed interest in Crawford and at least four of them have inquired about a possible sign-and-trade deal with the Hawks.  

Indiana, New Jersey, Chicago, Orlando, Portland, New Orleans and Phoenix have expressed interest in him. Among those teams, at least Indiana, New Jersey, Chicago and Orlando have inquired about a sign-and-trade with the Hawks.

Atlanta might very well wish to keep Crawford who has been instrumental to their success over the last two seasons, but they may not have the financial resources to do so. The Hawks are cap strapped and it is going to be a challenge to field the league minimum of 13 players without going into the luxury tax.

The decision for the Hawks on Crawford becomes that much more difficult with the news that Kirk Hinrich will miss the start of the season after having shoulder surgery. That leaves Atlanta extremely thin at the guard position and facing the possibility of at least in the short term of having to replace two of the top four guards on the team from last season. That might not be an easy task with this free agent crop especially given Atlanta's limited resources financially. 

For more on Jamal Crawford's free agency and the Atlanta Hawks, be sure to check out Peachtree Hoops. 

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Josh Smith Looking To Be Traded From Hawks, According To Report

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith is seeking a trade from the team, according to report.

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