Free agent guard Jamal Crawford would like to play with the Portland Trail Blazers when the NBA lockout comes to the close, according to Oregon Live. Crawford expressed his desire to play with Portland on Sunday following a charity basketball event hosted by Trail Blazers’ star LaMarcus Aldridge.
Crawford told the site that he considered the Blazers his “hometown” team, and that it was his preferred landing spot once free agency opens to NBA players.
“Every game I wasn’t playing in Atlanta, I was watching (the Blazers) because of Brandon (Roy),” Crawford told Oregon Live. “That’s one of my best friends. And LaMarcus, the way he emerged; I just think they’re a team on the rise.”
Crawford, 31, has been one of the best bench players in the league for the Atlanta Hawks over the past two seasons. Last year he averaged 14.2 points in 30.2 minutes per game. His best season came in 2007-09 as a member of the New York Knicks when as a starter he averaged 20.6 points and 5.0 assists per game. In October, Crawford was in the headlines when NBA superstar LeBron James expressed his interest in bringing him to the Miami Heat. Aldridge has also lobbied publicly for his services.