During a trying season in Chicago, it has been no surprise future Bulls free agents Jamal Crawford and Marcus Fizer have been looking for potential new homes. Their eyes have gazing in the direction of Denver.
Crawford and Fizer said before Wednesday's 115-99 loss to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center that they will consider the Nuggets when they become restricted free agents this summer.
Crawford, a guard who had 20 points Wednesday to raise his average to 16.9, is the more attractive option.
"Definitely," said Crawford, when asked if he would be interested in Denver. "They've got an up-and-coming team. I hope it works out in Chicago. If not, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I've been watching Denver from afar."
The Nuggets could have more than $22 million of salary-cap room. They will look for a big man and possibly a shooting guard who can play some point.
"Yeah, definitely," said Crawford, when asked if that scenario would make him a good fit for the Nuggets.
Fizer's value has gone down a great deal since he suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament midway through last season.
Fizer, who averaged 12.3 points in 2001-02 and 11.7 last season, is averaging a career-low 6.3. But there is still time for the power forward, who had 16 points off the bench Wednesday, to get his game back before free agency begins.
"There's no question," Fizer said of his interest in the Nuggets. "These guys are doing extremely well."
Why do I get the feeling we will see a lot of these type quotes as the year goes on? Unless of course neither guy is here past the Feb 19th trading deadline.