By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford is expected to decline his option for next season. When he does that, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Crawford was scheduled to make $4.5 million next season, but he’ll try to get better than that on the open market. Instead of opting-in, like Jeremy Lin, Wesley Matthews, Corey Joseph, and Wesley Johnson, Crawford is taking a gamble with his limited skills.
Some would say that his best skill is making difficult shots. But by declining his option, this gives Crawford an opportunity to pick his own team, where he may choose to pick a championship-caliber team — which he has never won in his career — instead of coming off of the bench.
Despite being a three seed before Jimmy Butler’s injury, the Timberwolves are not a realistic championship team. The team has never won a championship since it was founded.
The 38-year-old may be playing for his eighth NBA team next season if he does not sign with one of his previous teams. Besides playing for the Timberwolves, he has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Golden State Warriors.
Crawford joined the Timberwolves last season after spending five seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was involved in a three-team deal on July 6th, 2017, as he was traded by the Clippers, along with Diamond Stone, $1.3 million and a 2018 first-round pick to the Hawks.
The Hawks then traded their 2019 second-round pick to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets in return traded Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers.
He also spent five seasons with the Knicks and four more with the Bulls. His other stops were either two seasons or less.
This past season, through 80 games with zero starts, he averaged 10.3 points per game. He also averaged 1.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks per contest.
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