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Why Warriors, Jamal Crawford won't be reuniting for 2019-20 NBA season


Why Warriors, Jamal Crawford won't be reuniting for 2019-20 NBA season

Dwyane Wade thinks a reunion between Jamal Crawford and the Warriors makes a lot of sense.

"I would love to see him on a team like the Golden State [Warriors]," Wade told's Brandon Robinson. "Just because he can rock out man, he’s exciting. You get somebody that can come off the bench and put up 20 like there’s nothing. It would be good, obviously without Klay [Thompson] getting injured and losing Kevin Durant. Having a scoring punch come off the bench would be good for them."

Crawford seems to be a fan of the idea, too.

Crawford spent 54 games in Golden State back during the 2008-09 season after coming over from the Knicks in a mid-season trade for Al Harrington. That was the 10th season of the sharpshooter's 20-year NBA career, and as a current free agent, he's hoping to latch on to a team for a 21st.

It won't be the Warriors, though. At least not for a while.

As things currently stand, Golden State has 14 guaranteed contracts on its roster, one short of the maximum. However, the Warriors currently don't enough room underneath the salary cap to fit another guaranteed contract, and can't go over the cap as a result of being hard-capped due to the sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell. Crawford would qualify for the veteran's minimum, so if he wants to be on Golden State at the start of the 2019-20 season, he's out of luck.

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That said, minimum contracts prorate over the course of the season, so the Warriors could theoretically add Crawford (or another player) later in the season once they can fit the prorated portion under the cap. Of course, the later in the season, the more likely Thompson will have returned by then, so a reunion doesn't seem likely.

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Sarunas Jasikevicius Grizzlies coach candidate

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Sarunas Jasikevicius Grizzlies coach candidate

The Warriors are going for their third consecutive NBA championship. A former member of the franchise, who never experienced anywhere close to that degree of team success with Golden State, might be on his way back to the league the Dubs have been dominating the last handful of years.

Sarunas Jasikevicius.

Yeah, remember him? The Memphis Grizzlies are considering Jasikevicius as a candidate to be their next head coach, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported Wednesday.

Jasikevicius spent part of one season with the Warriors, appearing in 26 regular-season and four playoff games during the famed 'We Believe' 2006-07 campaign after an illustrious career in Europe. The Lithuanian guard came to Golden State in the same trade with the Pacers that netted the Warriors Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and Josh Powell.

He returned to Europe the following season, and played there until formally retiring in July of 2013 as a member of Zalgiris in Lithuania, at which time he joined the coaching staff. Jasikevicius has remained on that staff ever since, and was named the head coach in January of 2016.

Ever since, Jasikevicius has developed a reputation as a bonafide NBA head-coaching candidate, "known for a strong-willed leadership style and teams that exhibit elite ball movement and offensive execution." He previously interviewed with Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri for the Raptors' head-coaching job last year, and it appears he's still on at least one other franchise's radar.

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We're used to seeing current Golden State assistants mentioned in the running for vacant head coach openings. Perhaps Jasikevicius can add a little more Warriors flavor to the NBA coaching ranks as well.