Jamal Crawford hoping for new deal with Hawks

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“To be at this point right now is interesting,” he said. “It’s definitely an interesting situation, but I’m just playing the cards I’ve been dealt. I’ll go from there.

“If I move forward and I’m not here or whatever happens, I understand. I know it’s a business. As long as I’m here I’m going to try to help.”

Crawford has been slowed by a sore lower back as the Hawks prepare for the first preseason game against Memphis on Thursday night.

Crawford averaged 18 points, 3.0 assists and 31 minutes despite not starting a game. He ranked 29th in the league in scoring and first among players who did not start.

He was the team’s top 3-point shooter and scored 20 or more points in 31 games.

First-year coach Larry Drew said he wants Crawford in the same role this season.

“Absolutely. That’s who he is,” Drew said Monday. “That’s what he brings to the table for us and has great value. There are going to be some nights when we’re going to need a guy to come off the bench and score points. He has those type skills.”

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