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Unsigned free-agent guard Jamal Crawford has been offered a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million, according to John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.
According to Gambadoro, Crawford met with the Suns on Friday. Interim Phoenix general manager and vice president of basketball operations James Jones said during an interview on the Bickley and Marotta show that the team was interested in the veteran sharpshooter.
“I like Jamal. I know him personally. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy,” Jones said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “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.
“Jamal is a name that — a guy that we’re looking at. He’s someone that we’ve expressed interest in, one of many names.”
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Crawford, an 18-year NBA veteran, is known for providing offense off the bench, being one of five players in league history to win the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award twice and is the only player to capture the honor three times, doing so most recently while a member of the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2015-16 campaign.
The 38-year-old averaged 10.3 points, 1.2 rebounds ad 2.3 assists in 20.7 minutes in 80 games off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from the 3-point arc and 90.3 percent from the free-throw line. He won the NBA Teammate of the Year award after the season.
The eighth overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Michigan and immediately traded that night to the Chicago Bulls, Crawford carries career averages of 15.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 29.9 minutes in 1,262 games (433 starts), with a shooting line of 41.0/34.9/86.2.
In addition to the Timberwolves, Clippers and Bulls, Crawford has played for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers.
Crawford declined a player option with the Timberwolves on June 18 for this season that would have paid him $4.5 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.