Hornets’ Walker ‘has no idea’ why Crawford is still a free-agent

Kemba Walker is puzzled why Jamal Crawford is still a free-agent.

NBA training camps are just around the corner and veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford is still on the open market.  

Crawford declined his 2018-19 player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves and is currently an unrestricted free-agent. In 80 regular season games with the Timberwolves last year, Crawford averaged 10.3 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from 3-point range.

He is looking for a larger role, though, as Crawford only played roughly 20 minutes a game with the Timberwolves. Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, who is close friends with Crawford, is puzzled why Crawford hasn’t been picked up yet.

“I have no idea why he’s a free-agent, man,” Walker told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Scoop B Radio. “Everybody loves J.C. He’s a great dude first of all and basketball-wise, I mean, everybody knows what he does. He’ll bring it every night. He can score with the best of ’em.”

The Philadelphia 76ers and Crawford have mutual interest in getting a deal done, but the contract of Jerryd Bayless is currently holding up all talks. Bayless has one year left on his contract and is slated to make $8.6 million in 2018-19.

The Sixers lost rookie guard Zhaire Smith to a Jones fracture and have grown more interested in Crawford’s services since the news broke that Smith would require surgery. The team let Ersan İlyasova and Marco Belinelli walk in free agency and is in need of a guy like Crawford who can come off the bench and get buckets in a hurry.