Hawks Obtain Crawford For Claxton, Law

HAWKS FINALIZE DEAL FOR JAMAL CRAWFORD
Atlanta obtains the nine-year veteran, in exchange for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton

ATLANTA, GA (June 25, 2009)-- The Atlanta Hawks have acquired guard Jamal Crawford from the Golden State Warriors for guards Acie Law and Speedy Claxton, it was announced this afternoon by Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Sund.

"We feel we have gained tremendous flexibility with the addition of Jamal," said Sund. "He gives us balance in the backcourt, having produced at both point guard and shooting guard positions. Not only is Jamal a talented scorer, but he can also deliver quality production down the stretch of games."

Crawford provides the Hawks with flexibility in the backcourt, with the ability to play both positions, and has averaged double figures in seven straight seasons (16.7 ppg over that period). The Warriors gained his services last November (2008) in a trade with New York for former Hawks forward Al Harrington. He saw action and started in 65 games (54 with Golden State) this past season and tallied 19.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists (.410 FG%, .872 FT%), and recorded a season-high 50 at Charlotte (December 20).

One of the league's top fourth quarter producers, Crawford ranked as the seventh-highest scorer in the final 12 minutes of a game this past year, according to 82games.com at 6.4 ppg, just ahead of Atlanta all-star guard Joe Johnson (6.2 ppg).

"He's another veteran piece that makes a lot of sense for our ballclub," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson. "Jamal's a great talent offensively and only enhances what we are trying to do. I'm looking forward to his addition to our squad."

Over his career, the 6-5 Crawford has recorded 15.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds since his departure from the University of Michigan in 2000. An early-entry candidate in the 2000 NBA Draft, he was selected eighth overall by Cleveland and traded to Chicago the summer prior to the start of the 2000-01 season (with cash, for the draft rights to Chris Mihm). After four seasons with the Bulls (11.2 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.4 rpg in 244 games), Crawford was sent, along with Jerome Williams, to the Knicks for Othella Harrington, Frank Williams, Dikembe Mutombo and Cezary Trybanski.

He spent a little over four years with New York, scoring a career high 52 in a January 2007 game against Miami. In addition, Crawford has three 50-point games, all with different teams (Chicago, New York and Golden State), becoming only the fourth player in NBA history to accomplish that feat, joining Bernard King, Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone.

Law, a 2007 first round pick from Texas A&M, averaged 3.6 points in 111 games in two seasons in Atlanta, enjoying his best season as a rookie when he scored 4.2 points, while Claxton spent three years with the Hawks (44 games, 5.1 points) after signing as a free agent in July 2006.