Veteran guard Crawford drawing interest from Heat, others

Veteran guard Jamal Crawford appeared in 64 games with the Suns last season.

The Miami Heat are among the team expressing an interest in veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford, according to veteran NBA insider Brandon Robinson.

Crawford turned 39 in March but proved this past season with the Phoenix Suns he can still make an impact. Crawford appeared in 64 games and averaged 7.9 points and passed for 3.6 assists, his highest assist number in a decade.

Along with the Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers have an interest in Crawford, Robinson reported.

Crawford has also spent time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. He is an unrestricted free agent.

He is more likely to be signed later in the summer or just ahead of training camp by a team looking for a veteran scorer and ballhandler in reserve.

The Heat recently traded shooting guard Josh Richardson for standout swingman Jimmy Butler, and sent center Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers, receiving big man Meyers Leonard in return.