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Veteran scoring guard Jamal Crawford is currently an unrestricted free-agent and looking for a new team to join after spending this past season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Crawford signed a two-year, $9 million deal last offseason with the Timberwolves, but declined his 2018-19 player option. In 80 regular-season games, Crawford averaged 10.3 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from 3-point range coming off the Minnesota bench.
He is looking for a larger role, though, as Crawford only played roughly 20 minutes a game with the Timberwolves. Crawford says he made the mistake of not thinking about his fit in Minnesota before signing with the club.
“Fit is first and foremost when I’m thinking about where I’ll play next,” Crawford told Percy Allen of The Seattle Times. “Last year, I may have made the mistake of not thinking fit all the way through. You look at my career, when the fit was right, I contributed on the court.”
During an interview with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on Scoop B Radio last week, Crawford said the lack of minutes he got with the Timberwolves was a big issue for him. Minnesota re-signed Derrick Rose after the former MVP had a strong playoff run and Rose and Tyus Jones will split time at the shooting guard spot this season.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who lost rookie guard Zhaire Smith to a Jones fracture, have grown more interested in Crawford’s services, but no deal appears to be on the table yet. The Sixers let Ersan İlyasova and Marco Belinelli walk in free agency and are in need of a guy like Crawford who can come off the bench and get buckets in a hurry.
Crawford, 38, has career averages of 15.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 1,262 games with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers and Timberwolves.