Report: Jamal Crawford Chooses Portland
Update: 2:39 P.M. - According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, Jamal Crawford signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Sources have also said that the contract includes a second year player option worth $5 million. The deal has not been officially announced by the team or Crawford, as of yet.
Original: 2:00 P.M.- Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick reports that free agent Jamal Crawford has decided to continue his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to two unnamed sources.
The 11-year-veteran narrowed down his list to the Sacramento Kings and Trail Blazers after eliminating the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves also showed interest in Crawford.
The 6-foot-5 guard is expected to sign a one-year deal and become a free-agent once again next summer. 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.