Los Angeles Lakers Trade Rumors: Adding Jordan Crawford Would Be Huge Blunder

With the exception of the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets, no team has been linked to more trade rumors this offseason than the Los Angeles Lakers. The team has been linked to a myriad of different hypothetical deals, and it seems like a new one pops up everyday.

Now, according to Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico, the Lakers are considering pursuing Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford. 

A late-first-round selection in 2010, Crawford spent the majority of his first NBA season buried on the Atlanta Hawks' bench before being traded to Washington and proving to be a revelation for the troubled team. He averaged 16.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Wizards while even notching a triple-double.

In his first full season with the team, Crawford had another solid year, averaging 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and three assists per game. On paper, these numbers from a 23-year-old shooting guard look promising, but they do not tell the whole story.

Crawford shot 39 percent from the field with the Wizards in 2011 and "improved" to 40 percent in 2011-2012. He is your quintessential shot-chucking 2-guard, someone who is willing to take any bad shot a defense gives him as long as he feels he can knock it down.

Last season, he attempted more than four three-pointers per game while connecting on just 28.9 percent of them. He was unwilling to adjust his game to maximize his effectiveness, continuing to launch low-percentage shots and break the rhythm of his team's offense.

To put it simply, there's a reason the team felt they needed to select Bradley Beal with the third overall pick in the draft.

Obviously, Crawford would not be asked to start or play starter's minutes in Los Angeles as he did in Washington. He would primarily be asked to spell Kobe Bryant or occasionally play alongside him in a smaller lineup with Kobe at the small forward spot.

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