After playing under a 10-day contract, Jordan Crawford played well enough to earn a 2-year deal from the New Orleans Pelicans. Crawford was expected to earn a 2nd 10-day contract and then be signed through the remainder of the season, but the Pelicans have instead decided to keep him long term.
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In 5 games with New Orleans, Crawford averaged 14.2 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game. These stats are huge for a team trying to find anybody to give them production besides Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, and could make him one of the greatest 10-day signings of all time.
What makes Crawford’s production even more impressive is that he hadn’t played in the NBA since 2014 when he split time with the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Since then, he split time playing in both the D-League and in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Crawford is currently New Orleans’ 4th leading scorer behind Davis, Cousins and Jrue Holiday, making him a threat the Pelicans did not have prior to his signing. Opposing teams will now have to focus more on the bench, which will open more opportunities for the stars. This benefits everybody on the roster, including Crawford and the value he brings to the team.
Since this contract runs through next season and Crawford is only 28, this could end up as a great signing for New Orleans. Once the Pelicans bolster the roster through free agency and the draft, Crawford could be a productive scorer to bring off the bench for years to come.
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Crawford’s prime came in his time with the Washington Wizards from 2010-2013 before being traded to Boston on February 21, 2013. If Crawford can keep up his production with New Orleans and help bring them to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, he could find a new highlight to his career.
Signing with New Orleans has been a dream come true for all involved in this deal. This could finally be the underrated move needed by the Pelicans to help them reach the playoffs. It may not come this season, but next year, the true benefits of this signing will show.