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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, something he wasn’t expecting.
“First off, minutes, that was definitely an issue,” Crawford told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on Scoop B Radio. “It really was, because I didn’t know it would be like that. At this stage, you want to be out there as much as possible. I understand in certain situations you won’t play as much, but I was expecting one thing and it just didn’t go that way, so I think that’s when it started. From there, you just try to be as professional as possible and do the best you can to try and provide whatever you can while you’re out there and try to help your team.”
The Philadelphia 76ers, who lost rookie guard Zhaire Smith to a Jones fracture, have grown more interested in Crawford’s services. 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 says he’s always loved the city of Philadelphia and would be honored to play for the Sixers, who are expected to be one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference in 2018-19.
“I think for me, especially being out there as a free agent, something could work out,” Crawford told Robinson. “I would be honored to play there, but things obviously have to take its course and I kind of got to sit back, but who wouldn’t want to play there?
“I like their city. I like how into it they are about basketball. I like their knowledge of basketball, how passionate they are. I’ve always loved coach Brett Brown. I’ve been on record. I’ve been a fan of his for years. He just needed talent, and now he has that. He added Ben Simmons, I love his game. I love Jojo [Joel Embiid]. They’re both among my favorite players in the league to watch. Markelle [Fultz] is like a little brother to me. Obviously, he went to the University of Washington, and we talk every other day. J.J. Redick is like a brother to me, we’ve been through wars together, so there’s so many things to love about Philadelphia for sure.”