Trade Talk Starting to Affect Blazers?
As (Jamal) Crawford headed to the bench late in the fourth quarter, with a Blazers loss in sight, a fan from the front row shouted, “It’s OK, Jamal. You’re going to be a Timberwolf soon.”
The trade deadline is a mere week away and a host of Blazers, including Crawford and (Ray) Felton, have been circulating the non-stop rumor mill. Crawford, who has been linked the Timberwolves, acknowledged the chatter could be starting to affect the roster.
“I think at the end of the day, we’re only human,” said Crawford, who made 3 of 13 shots and scored six points. “So no matter what somebody says, I’m sure it’s in the back of their heads. They hear about the rumors and stuff. But we have to be professional and go out and do the best job we can.”
Felton didn’t seem slowed by the outside noise as he played perhaps his best game in the Blazers uniform, finishing with 23 points, nine assists and four rebounds. It was the most points he’s scored since Dec. 29, when he had 23 against the Denver Nuggets, and the fifth-most assists he’s recorded all season. If anything, his performance might entice potential suitors.