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The Phoenix Suns have made the signing of veteran guard Jamal Crawford official just in time for opening night, with the team announcing the move in a press release Wednesday.
Crawford, 38, is entering his 18th NBA season. He spent last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves before entering free agency. The Suns waived guard Davon Reed to make room for Crawford.
According to multiple reports, Crawford’s deal is for one year and the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million.
Crawford became the first signing for Suns acting general manager James Jones, who replaced fired GM Ryan McDonough last week.
“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.”
He averaged 10.3 points in 80 games, shooting 42 percent from the floor and 90 percent on free throws last season.
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.