This summer the Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in signing free agent guard and scoring specialist Jamal Crawford.
According to multiple sources Jamal Crawford was VERY interested in signing with Minnesota, but the Wolves wanted him to be patient while they explored all their options. Crawford, on the other hand, wanted to be in camp before the season started and ultimately signed with Portland--replacing the retiring Brandon Roy. The Wolves, soon after signed J.J. Barea to a 4-year deal.
Crawford signed a 2-year $10million contract. Each year is worth $5million and the second season is worth the same amount and is a player option for next season. If he remains in Portland, word is he definitely plans to opt-out of his contract and retest free agency for a second-consecutive summer. Which is the biggest reason Portland wants to move him, if he remains, he'll leave via free agency over the summer--leaving Portland, with nothing.
The Blazers apparently see Crawford as expendable. He was moved into the starting lineup in place of Raymond Felton. However, according the Oregonian, Nate McMillan (head coach in Portland), plans to move Raymond Felton back into the starting lineup as the team's point guard (moving Crawford, back to the bench).
The two teams that are reportedly pushing the hardest to acquire Crawford are the Timberwolves and the Clippers. There's no doubt that the Wolves would be able to give the Blazers back better players. Perhaps of combination of Randolph & Ellington (two players buried at the end of the bench and completely out of Adelman's rotation), or perhaps even Michael Beasley (who Minnesota has been pushing hard to move). Beyond the Clippers & the Timberwolves, the Kings, Raptors and Bucks have also expressed interest in Jamal (according to Hoopsworld).
There's no doubt Jamal Crawford is the ideal player the Timberwolves need. A scoring guard who can play both positions. A veteran presence and a player capable of creating his own shot. He would be a perfect fit next to Ricky Rubio, if he worked his way into the starting lineup...otherwise an ideal sixth man scorer off the pine.
Keep an eye on Jamal Crawford as the March 15th Deadline is just over a week away!
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