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Report: Orlando Magic to chase Jamal Crawford in free agency

Jamal Crawford

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford gestures after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


The Orlando Magic put together an interesting and potentially dangerous front line with their recent trade — Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and now Serge Ibaka. There’s skill, versatility, defense, and a lot of options and combinations for new coach Frank Vogel to play around with.

The price for that was a quality two guard in Victor Oladipo.

How will the Magic look to replace that offense? How about the veteran Jamal Crawford? So reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

Crawford has hinted he is looking for a change, although Doc Rivers wants to bring him back to the Clippers.

Crawford averaged 14 points a game last season, racking up a lot of those points thanks to his love of pull-up jumpers, plus he has one of the best crossovers in the game. He can be a streaky shooter, but the guy will get buckets. The problem is, at age 36 he is showing declining efficiency at age 36, and he is not a good defender. How much do the Magic (or any other team) want to invest in that? And for how many years?

Of course, this will come down to money. Like always. But you can see with their deadline trade and this move, the Magic are thinking like a team that wants to make the playoffs and turn the corner with their rebuild sooner rather than later.