The Los Angeles Clippers have made a decent start to the 2014/15 NBA season and find themselves with the 5th best record in the Western Conference at this point, however they look nothing like the team of last year.
But that fairly mediocre start to the year doesn't mean they are willing to give up Jamal Crawford however, with the news that the current NBA 6th man of the year staying at the Staples Center for the foreseeable future.
According to reports from CBS Sports, despite the fact that the Clippers are shopping for a starting small forward, they will not be including Crawford as a part of any deal.
"The Clippers continue to shop for a starting small forward, but have told at least one inquiring team that they do not intend to move valuable sixth man Jamal Crawford in the process, sources say," Ken Berger wrote.
"The Clippers have one of the least productive benches in the league as it is, and that problem would become even more pronounced if they moved Crawford."
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The Clippers are definitely a worse team this year than they were last season. The team lacks that same level of explosiveness from Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, with both regressing from last year's lofty performance levels they set.
And the only real bargaining chip that they have in a trade would be Crawford. But if Doc Rivers and co are not ready to give him up then the only way that LAC can improve is with hard work and the hope that they are just pacing themselves for the post-season. If not it could be a very quick trip in the playoffs.