By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jamal Crawford intends to sign a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The two sides were in serious discussions on Saturday.
He will sign with the Wolves after being bought out by the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Crawford was acquired by the Hawks in a three-team deal also involving the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets.
Paul Millsap went to the Nuggets, while Danilo Gallinari went to the Clippers. Crawford, Diamond Stone and a 2018 first-round pick were acquired by the Hawks.
He gives the Wolves added depth. The team lost Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn in trades.
Rubio was traded to the Utah Jazz for a first-round draft pick. LaVine and Dunn, along with a 2017 first-round pick, went to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Jimmy Butler.
The Timberwolves were not the only team interested in Crawford. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, who also share The Staples Center with the Clippers, and the Washington Wizards.
This past season, the 37-year-old averaged 12.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.7 steals with the Clippers. He also shot 41.3% from the field.
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