Top buyout candidates after the NBA trade deadline

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford is a 38-year-old 6’5″ guard for the Suns. Currently, in his 18th year in the league, he is averaging over six points, a rebound and three assists per game. He is playing on a one-year $2.4M contract.

Crawford’s biggest asset is his ability to mentor younger players. He has played on eight different teams and has won the Sixth Man of the Year Award three times.

With his best years behind him, he is still able to act as an additional coach in the huddle, while also providing minutes when called upon. There is no indication that this is a need for the Raptors, but if Nurse feels like adding a veteran would be beneficial, then they may consider acquiring the third oldest player (behind Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki) in the association.

The Raptors should be cautious about using one of their roster spots to carry Crawford into the playoffs with them. There is no doubt that he can teach and motivate the players around him, but when on the floor, he is a liability.

Crawford provides poor defense, combined with an unimpressive scoring touch. Crawford has only a 36% field goal rate this season to accompany his 29% from downtown. The Raps are better off letting Crawford try to find a different suitor should he find himself a free-agent mid-season.

However, considering the number of spots Masai and company will need to fill, Crawford may be one of the best options at some point.