NBA Trade Rumors: Why Jamal Crawford for Luke Ridnour Makes Perfect Sense

March 6th, 2012 by Kyle Boggs Leave a reply »
The Portland Trail Blazers are in disarray. For a .500 team with as much talent as the Blazers have, that means trade rumors are constant.

One of the latest rumors has Portland sending backup guard Jamal Crawford to the Minnesota Timberwolves for point guard Luke Ridnour.

On the surface, this is a trade that looks like a no-brainer. It’s the uncommon trade in which both teams benefit. There’s no downside—it’s like a mutual breakup.

Portland gets a natural point guard to back up starter Raymond Felton.

Minnesota picks up a legitimate scorer to play at the shooting guard and will no longer have to fill the 2 position with a trio of point guards.

For the Blazers, moving Crawford seems almost necessary at this point.

With Nicolas Batum taking over the starting spot at shooting guard and Wesley Matthews seeing a lot of minutes at the 2 off the bench, Crawford is pushed out.

He has backed up Felton at point guard, but that is not good for Crawford or the Trail Blazers. He looks out of sorts when he is tasked with running the offense and facilitating.

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