When veteran guard Jamal Crawford hit the free agent market unexpectedly in July, the Wizards were one of the first teams linked to him. He ultimately signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but in a recent interview on the Hoops Hype podcast with Alex Kennedy, Crawford admitted the Wizards were a realistic possibility.
Crawford, in fact, notes there has been mutual interest in the past.
With Washington, I felt like with them almost going to the Eastern Conference Finals last year – going to Game 7 [against the Celtics] – they’re a team on the rise. People don’t know this, but I was actually really close to signing with them last year before I decided to re-sign with the Clippers.
Before Wizards fans start dreaming about Crawford coming to Washington in the future, it's worth noting he is 37 years old and signed a two-year deal with Minnesota. He is unlikely to ever play with the Wizards at this point.
Still, it's interesting to wonder what could have been if Crawford signed with the Wizards particularly last offseason. He eventually got a substantial three-year deal of $42 million from the Clippers, but was coming off winning the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. Given the Wizards' bench struggles, surely he could have helped.
The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.
Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 1-10. Here are some of the players in our latest update:
—A 2016 free agent who needs to make more big plays.
—A rookie expected to bolster one of the weakest units on the team.
—Each of the five highest-paid players on the team.
—What you won’t find: Any players who will be over the age of 29 in Week 1.