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Articles tagged: Jamal Crawford

Former Clippers guard wants team to sign Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston

One ex-LA Clippers guard is going to bat for another.

In a tweet on Tuesday, three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford called for the Clippers to bring back veteran Shaun Livingston.

“Shaun Livingston would be a PERFECT fit with the Clips on that second unit,” Crawford wrote. “Everything coming full circle, makes too much sense!”

The 33-year-old Livingston, who was released by the Golden State Warriors this summer after helping contribute to three titles, played the first three seasons of his career with the Clippers. Unfortunately, he suffered a gruesome knee injury in 2007 during what proved to be his last game with the team.

Livingston has expressed interest in returning to his first NBA squad, and Crawford can obviously see how storybook of an ending that would be.

Free agent Jamal Crawford visits with Suns

Jamal Crawford

The Phoenix Suns are courting Jamal Crawford, according to a report.

Arizona Sports 98.7 FM radio host John Gambadoro reported on Friday that Crawford was in Phoenix to meet with the team’s GM and head coach.

Crawford, 38, is one of the more high-profile players still available on the free agent market. He played for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, averaging 10.3 points per game. His defense is questionable at best, but he can still provide offense off the bench.

Crawford has received interest this offseason from multiple teams but remains unsigned. The Suns are looking for guard depth, especially with Devin Booker recovering from hand surgery.

Jamal Crawford would be ‘honored’ to play for 76ers

Jamal Crawford

The Philadelphia 76ers appear to have some interest in signing Jamal Crawford, and that interest seems to be mutual.

Crawford made quite clear in speaking to Brandon Robinson on Scoop B Radio that the prospect of playing in Philadelphia was appealing to him.

“I think for me, especially being out there as a free agent, something could work out,” Crawford said, via Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops. “I would be honored to play there, but things obviously have to take its course and I kind of got to sit back, but who wouldn’t want to play there?

“I like their city. I like how into it they are about basketball. I like their knowledge of basketball, how passionate they are. I’ve always loved coach Brett Brown. I’ve been on record. I’ve been a fan of his for years. He just needed talent, and now he has that. He added Ben Simmons, I love his game. I love Jojo [Joel Embiid]. They’re both among my favorite players in the league to watch. Markelle [Fultz] is like a little brother to me. Obviously, he went to the University of Washington, and we talk every other day. J.J. Redick is like a brother to me, we’ve been through wars together, so there’s so many things to love about Philadelphia for sure.”

Crawford would serve as veteran depth on a young Sixers team, and they reportedly have some interest. Perhaps something will come of this and Crawford, who is surprisingly unsigned into August, will find his new home.

Report: Sixers interested in signing Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

The young Philadelphia 76ers may be adding more veteran balance to the mix.

Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Scoop B Radio reported on Wednesday that the Sixers are interested in signing free agent guard Jamal Crawford.

Crawford, who remains unsigned over a month into free agency, averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists in 20.7 minutes a game for the Minnesota Timberwolves last year. While he is 38 years old and comes with limitations (namely, volume without efficiency on offense and woefully poor defense), the Sixers may have a need. Veteran scorers Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova signed elsewhere this summer, and rookie Zhaire Smith just went down with a fractured foot.

Some NBA players have openly questioned why Crawford has not been signed. Philadelphia (where he would be reunited with former LA Clippers teammate JJ Redick and former New York Knicks teammate Wilson Chandler) could be a logical landing spot for the three-time Sixth Man of the Year Award winner.

Isaiah Thomas questions why Jamal Crawford has not been signed yet

Jamal Crawford

Isaiah Thomas is going to bat for his fellow Washington native.

In a post to Twitter on Saturday, the Denver Nuggets guard questioned why Jamal Crawford had not been signed yet, saying that it made “no sense.”

Crawford, who is close friends with Thomas and often links up with him at Seattle Pro-Am events, has this to say in response to the tweet.

Unfortunately for Crawford, who put up 10.3 points a game in 80 appearances for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, the lack of interest from NBA teams this summer is hardly surprising. At 38 years old, he is a static volume scorer who lacks efficiency and does minimal playmaking. Crawford is also a colossal liability on the other end of the floor, ranking 521st out of 521 players in defensive real plus-minus last season (per ESPN).

That being said though, the three-time Sixth Man of the Year Award winner has earned the respect of many during his 18 years in the Association, and the similarly-styled Thomas may be first and foremost in that category.

Jamal Crawford expected to become free agent

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford could be on his way to changing teams for the ninth time in his career.

Crawford is expected to opt out of the second year of his two-year, $9 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports. He was due to make $4.5 million next season.

Crawford, 38, averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists in 20.7 minutes per game this season for the Timberwolves, his first with the team. He played in 80 games with the team and helped them reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Haynes further reports that Jimmy Butler is pushing management to try to retain Crawford by any means necessary.

Jamal Crawford seems unhappy about his playing time

Jamal Crawford

Former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford has seen a noticeable decrease in his playing time this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it appears to be coming as something of an unpleasant surprise to him.

Speaking with the media on Friday, Crawford talked about his 17 minutes per game in 2017-18 and said that was nowhere in his discussions with the Wolves when he signed with them this summer. He did however say that winning was the biggest priority, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

The 17-year veteran Crawford is seeing the least playing time since his rookie season back in 2000-01, and it has resulted in meager averages of 8.9 points and 2.1 assists per game. But Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau is known to play his starters heavy minutes, and it has led them to a 17-12 record (fourth in the West). When you consider the reasons why Crawford signed with Minnesota in the first place, perhaps that’s enough to offset his lack of minutes this year.

Jamal Crawford gets standing ovation from Clippers fans

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford is held in high regard by Los Angeles Clippers fans.

The veteran guard returned to LA to face his former team for the first time since signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason. He received quite a welcome from the Clippers, including this awesome tribute video:

After the tribute video played, fans gave Crawford a standing ovation.

Crawford played five seasons for the Clippers and was an extremely valuable contributor off the bench. He was twice named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year during his time with the team.

Jamal Crawford was ‘upset’ and ‘hurt’ over being traded by Clippers

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford spent the last five seasons with the LA Clippers, and he was none too pleased about being dealt unceremoniously this offseason.

In an interview Tuesday with Alex Kennedy on “The HoopsHype Podcast,” the former Sixth Man of the Year voiced his disappointment over being traded.

“I spent five years with the Clippers,” said Crawford. “For me, in my 17-year career, that was the longest I had been in one place. I’ve played more games for the Clippers than I have for any other team in the NBA. So, for me, that was kind of home. When I re-signed there last summer, it was a three-year deal and I thought, ‘Okay, I can continue to further my career here and I plan on being here for all of those years.’

“You start to think about really cool things like, ‘Well, if I’m with this team for eight or nine years and we have a lot of success, maybe my jersey could be hanging up there [retired]?,'” he continued. “I mean, like I said, this was my home. You start thinking of all those things and then, all of a sudden, things change in the blink of an eye and you’re dealing with things you didn’t see coming. You’re in shock, you’re angry, you’re upset, you’re hurt.”

After months of battling trade rumors, something he even admitted at the time was bothersome, Crawford was dealt to Atlanta as part of the three-team deal that netted the Clippers Danilo Gallinari and sent Paul Millsap to Denver. The Hawks then bought Crawford out, and he went on to sign with Minnesota.

It’s clear when you hear Crawford’s reasoning for signing with the Wolves that he appears to have found a new home. But the sting of being sent packing by a team that he thought he would finish his career with might not ever go away.

Jamal Crawford explains why he chose to sign with Wolves over Cavs

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford surprised some by choosing to sign with the young Minnesota Timberwolves over a team better equipped to help him compete for his first NBA championship, but you will find that his logic is actually quite sound.

In an interview with Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune that was published on Saturday, Crawford opened up about deciding on Minnesota over a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“They showed they were serious, trying to get things done right away,” said the three-time Sixth Man of the Year. “I felt like the time is right. I felt like I could fit. At this point of my career, I could easily chase a championship. I’m not saying we won’t compete, but it’s not about that. I want to take the journey and go through the wars with these guys.

“The Cavs, they’ve been there,” he went on. “Those guys know what it’s like to be in the Finals, win a championship. The Warriors, same deal. If I went there and let’s say we happen to win, what’s next? Sometimes it’s more gratifying to help teams go from one point to another. That’s the challenge. That’s what so fun about it. What if you went to the movies and knew how it ended when the movie started? It’s exciting because nobody really knows what we can be.”

The 37-year-old Crawford, who will be entering his 19th NBA season, was reportedly recruited by at least one prominent Cav. But it sounds like he prefers going through the process over getting immediate results, and the burgeoning Minnesota juggernaut will definitely give him that opportunity.