According to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group, the Golden State Warriors did not extend a qualifying offer to guard Jordan Crawford. Therefore, Crawford will become an unrestricted free agent. NBA free agency begins tonight at 9:01 P.M. Pacific Time.
The Warriors acquired Crawford and guard/forward MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade that sent former Warriors guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat and sent former Heat center Joel Anthony and draft considerations to the Celtics.
Crawford played in 42 games for the Warriors, and he averaged 8.4 points and 1.4 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three, and 83.7 percent from the free throw line.
In the playoffs last season, Crawford averaged 6.2 points on 36.4 percent shooting from the field, 28.6 percent from three, and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.
The Warriors acquired Crawford in the hopes that he could serve as the backup point guard and bring some more scoring off the bench. He provided scoring in bursts, but he was very inconsistent and wasn’t the facilitator that the Warriors needed off the bench. The Warriors then acquired Steve Blake, who helped initially but then fell off the radar.
Even though Crawford is now a free agent, the Warriors could always decide to re-sign him, but Crawford never really seemed to be a big part of the future plans for the Warriors. The Warriors already needed to add more backcourt depth in the offseason before this decision, but now the Warriors are even more thin, especially at the shooting guard position.
The Warriors could’ve potentially traded their way into the NBA Draft to acquire more shooting and more backcourt depth, but instead, they chose to not go after a draft pick.
If the Warriors pulled off a trade for Kevin Love, they would potentially lose Klay Thompson’s shooting too. They might gain Kevin Martin and/or JJ Barea, which would add to the backcourt depth, but would it be enough?
The Warriors have also been involved in trade rumors for Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin.
Regardless of what potential trades actually happen, the Warriors need to add more depth in the backcourt, especially with Crawford becoming a free agent.