In unsurprising but interesting news, David Pick of Eurobasket.com and Sportando.com tweeted today that the Kings had offered Jordan Crawford a deal this summer. You may have noticed a distinct lack of Jordan Crawfords on the Kings roster today, so what happened?
Spoke to Jordan Crawford. He said the Kings extended an off-season deal, wasn't comfortable with a backup role in Sacramento.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) October 22, 2014
Jordan Crawford signed a $1.4m deal in China during the summer. Said he was "overlooked in the NBA." Full read drops tomm.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) October 22, 2014
Personally, I'm a bit glad that Crawford saved the Kings from themselves by turning down the deal, as he's simply not that great of a player. In his three years in the league he's proven to be an inefficient scorer who likes to shoot, a poor defender and a so-so playmaker. The Kings did much better in signing Ramon Sessions, a more proven commodity.
Crawford's not the first player to think himself better than what he is, and he won't be the last. After all, that confidence is oftentimes what makes a great NBA player. But for now Crawford is out of the NBA, and there's no easy way back.