Pacers president Larry Bird could have stopped trying to make moves with the signing of David West.
That wasnít on Birdís mind. He wanted more. He wanted to make another move to help the Pacers win at least five more games and possibly move up even more in the Eastern Conference.
Thatís why the Pacers tried to try to acquire Memphisí O.J. Mayo in a trade.
That didnít work so Bird turned his attention back to Jamal Crawford, who Bird has liked for years.
Bird, who had stayed in constant communication with Crawfordís agent, offered the unrestricted free agent a two-year, $10-million deal that had an opt out after the first year.
Crawford, who had just as much interest in the Pacers as they had in him, thought about the offer for a few hours before he turned it down, according to his agent Andy Miller.
Crawford received some other offers that sparked his interest.
Bird has been trying to acquire a player who knows how create his shot off the dribble for some time. I canít count how many times over the years the Pacers have lost games in the fourth quarter because they didnít have a player who could create his own shot.
Landing Mayo or Crawford would have helped fix that problem.
A lot of people talked about how the Pacers didnít need either one of those players because it would impact the development of a player like Paul George and take away minutes from some of the other wing players.
Letís not forget, George is only in his second season. His game is still developing.
Besides, itís all about winning, not about worrying about feelings.
ďIím trying to win games and making a deal (Tuesday) would have helped us win some more games,Ē said Bird, who was upset over not being able to make a deal, as he sat in the stands watching the teamís second practice Tuesday evening. ďPlaying time gets settled in practice.Ē
Landing West for only two years was a great move by the Pacers. Landing West and Mayo or Crawford would have been an excellent move for them.