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Report: Cavs Express Interest in Jamal Crawford

Reports surfaced Monday detailing a three-team sign-and-trade involving the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks, which would send Danillo Gallinari to LA, a second round pick and Paul Millsap to Denver, and Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a future first round pick to Atlanta.

The Hawks don’t intend to keep Crawford, who is owed $29 Mil. over the next two seasons.

Crawford is 37 years old.

According to Chris Haynes and Marc Spears of ESPN, the Warriors, Cavs, Spurs, Pelicans and Bucks have had conversations about the possibility of signing Crawford, if he receives a buyout from the Hawks.

The Hawks would prefer to trade him rather than buy his contract out, but if they execute a buyout, the Hawks hope Crawford would give “a significant” chunk of his salary back.

For the Cavs to sign Crawford after a buyout, they would likely have to use their $5.2 Mil. mid-level exception.

Update: Marc Spears later reported Tuesday afternoon Crawford’s preference if he is bought out would be to join the Lakers.

In related Cavs’ free-agency news, Zach Randolph agreed to sign with the Kings for a 2-year, $24 Mil. contract, taking the Cavs out of the running for another player they had been targeting.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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