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Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford
Position: G
Born: 03/20/80
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $15,270,762

Jamal Crawford to become a free agent

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, will become one of the top reserve scorers on the open market after facing Monday’s deadline to decide on his option.
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Journalist: What kind of an effect did Jimmy Butler have on your game as a mentor and maybe someone you looked to model parts of your game after? Marcus Georges-Hunt: A big effect. I saw it first-hand the way he works to get to where he’s gotten. I see that his work ethic is really what got him to this point. There’s not a day that he doesn’t work. When I ask him questions, he’s always there to answer them. He’s been a lot of help. Him, Jamal, Taj (Gibson), when I ask a question or want to know something, they answer it. They help me out a lot.
Jamal Crawford on playing the second-fewest minutes per game of his career this season in Minnesota: “It was tough. It was a big challenge. I honestly think this year was the most challenging [season] I’ve had since I’ve been in the NBA, for many different reasons. [My limited playing time] was definitely one of the reasons. I won’t get into the other ones, but that was definitely one of them. It was tough, it really was. I knew I could help more, in terms of us winning. I feel like I could’ve helped a lot more and I’m glad we got to the playoffs, but I feel like it could’ve been a lot better for all of us. It’s something that’s really driving me [entering] next year. I’m more motivated for this upcoming year than I’ve ever been. For a number of different reasons, I’m excited about the future.”
Jamal Crawford on being motivated after this year: “I truly haven’t been this motivated since I left Portland to go the L.A. Clippers. At that time, people were saying, ‘Oh, you’re 32 years old and you had a slow year in Atlanta and now you just had a slow year in Portland during the lockout year!’ And I was like, ‘No, it was the situation. The situations I was in were different from the situations I had been in during past years! But it’s okay because in this next situation, they’re going to use me like I’ve been used in the past and you guys will see that nothing has changed.’ I feel like _that._ I’m so motivated for this next year, just getting back to having fun and playing how I play. I’m always driven and motivated, but this is a different type of motivation. I really can’t wait for next season to start. I’m so excited.”
Behind the scenes, was there ever a sense that Tom Thibodeau was playing the starters too much and essentially running them into the ground? Media and fans criticized him for this quite a bit throughout the season. Jamal Crawford: “That’s a tough one to answer, Alex. That’s a really tough one to answer. I’ll just say that we – as in the guys on the bench – absolutely felt like we could’ve brought something to the table and help in some ways. As you see with teams in the playoffs, it takes more than five guys [to win]. And Thibs is a smart guy, he understands that as well. But, you know, he likes what he likes and we just had to do the best we could to support [the starters] and try to stay as ready as possible.”