Veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford and the Atlanta Hawks have finalized a much-anticipated contract buyout, according to a report from ESPN.
Crawford will become an unrestricted free agent and is said to be drawing interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and others.
Crawford reportedly is “very interested” in joining the Cavs. According to one Cleveland-based website, he has talked with Cavs star LeBron James about the possibility of teaming up next season.
Crawford, 37, was part of a three-team trade involving the Hawks, Denver Nuggets and his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers. The deal also sent Danilo Gallinari from the Nuggets to Clippers, and young center Diamond Stone from the Clippers to the Hawks.
Crawford averaged 12.3 points off the bench for the Clippers last season, appearing in all 82 games. That was his lowest scoring output since his second NBA season, 2001-02 with the Chicago Bulls.