Veteran guard Crawford, Suns agree to one-year contract

Jamal Crawford averaged better than 10 points per game last season with the Timberwolves.

Veteran free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford has agreed to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum with the Phoenix Suns, according to multiple reports.

Crawford first visited with the Suns acting general manager James Jones and head coach Igor Kokoskov last week, as John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 reported. Gambadoro was also the first to report that the Suns made an offer to Crawford on Sunday.

“I like Jamal. I know him personally. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy,” Jones said on Arizona Sports. “Those are the types of players that we will look towards as we go through the season. More importantly, it’s not even about who potentially could be here or who’s out there. I’m focused on who’s here and we know who those guys are.”

Crawford, 38, has been searching for a new team after spending last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged 10.3 points in 80 games, shooting 42 percent from the floor and 90 percent on free throws.

He reportedly had drawn interest from the Philadelphia 76ers and several other teams this offseason, but was unable to secure a contract, or even a training camp invite. Second-year Sixers guard Ben Simmons said in August that he wanted Crawford to sign with the Sixers.

Crawford was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2000 and immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls that same night.

Along with the Timberwolves and Bulls, he has spent time with the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year as recently as 2016. He also won the award in 2010 and 2014. He won the NBA Teammate of the Year Award at the end of last season.

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