Recently linked to guard Leandro Barbosa, it seems the Miami Heat are seeking to add depth in the back court. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat have inquired about guard Jordan Crawford as well.
The Heat is serious about adding another shooting guard and a big man if it can find two good ones willing to take the veteran’s minimum. After recently working out Jordan Hamilton (who signed with Toronto) and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Heat also has inquired about Leandro Barbosa and Jordan Crawford, who both hold appeal to Miami.
Barbosa, a useful three-point shooter, would be a far better addition than the erratic Crawford. Splitting time between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors last season Crawford struggled with his consistency, though he was an effective scorer in spurts.
Unlike Barbosa, Crawford is a mid-range shooter who struggles with anything beyond the three-point line.
His addition would be too redundant of what Dwyane Wade offers on offesne, except without the killer efficiency that D-Wade has developed. Jackson says that both Barbosa and Crawford are appealing options, but I still think they team should seriously consider CDR.
On the plus side, Crawford was much more effective at point guard while in Boston where he averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 assists per game. Still, it didn’t seem as if Danny Ainge was dedicated to keeping him around, trading him to the Warriors at the deadline.
In Golden State, Crawford struggled to carve out a role. He was tried out at backup point guard and playing along with Stephen Curry at first, before he was eventually given more time with the second unit to help take the scoring load off a struggling Harrison Barnes. There he averaged just 8.4 points and 1.4 assists per game.