He described the response he got that afternoon in Orlando. “In those five minutes, I had so many messages,” he said. “I didn’t have as many messages as when I signed [with the Nets], but I had messages from people in the league like, ‘Man, look like you ain’t even miss a beat.’ In a weird way, it was almost like those five minutes did for me what the 50-point game couldn’t do. It was like, [after] those five minutes, people was like, ‘Oh he’s still got it. We gonna holler at him next year.’”
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Durant demurred and declined to make any bold predictions or guarantees for next season, saying simply, “I don’t know, we’re going to see.” He also didn’t address the Nets’ loaded roster in any specific sense, saying only that he hoped to see 40-year-old Jamal Crawford, who joined the team in the bubble but pulled his hamstring in his debut, re-signed as a free agent. “I don’t even know if Jamal wants to play again. I would love to have him on the team. I don’t know,” Durant said. “What’s he, about 42, still doing it?”
Puccio: “I think you definitely see Jamal Crawford come back next year. I’m very confident that he’ll be back, and also Tyler Johnson as well after what he did in the Orlando bubble. We know Sean Marks likes him a lot after the contract that he threw at him when he was in Miami. I think, with Chandler, it’s kind of a coin flip. I personally don’t think that he’s coming back, but we’ll have to see on that front.”
Durant believes Crawford can add a lot to a team even in a limited role. “You need people like that on your roster, even if they’re the 15th, 14th man,” he said. “I think Jamal can provide a lot for you in that role, you know what I’m saying? If you can throw somebody like him out there, end of a playoff game or end of a game, he can definitely win you a game, hit some shots. “And you minimize his role? Give him a few minutes with the third unit or the second unit? He’ll get buckets. He can swing a game, be an x-factor still.”
And while Crawford has openly expressed how much he likes the Nets organization and how much fun he’s having with the Nets younger players, he won’t discuss his future beyond this tenure with Brooklyn’s “bubble” team. “It’s a fun group. I love to be around them,” said Crawford on Howard Beck’s “Full 48” podcast. adding, “I love the organization. A cool place to be.” All that said, Crawford told Beck he “hasn’t thought about next season in Brooklyn or anywhere else. He learned a tough lesson, he said, while waiting for the phone call that would bring him back to the NBA for his 20th season at age 40.
Greg Logan: Sean Marks said #Nets are pursuing other free agents but can’t discuss until they sign, likely meaning Jamal Crawford and Justin Anderson. Said they are looking at centers.
Stadium: “This will be a great opportunity for (Jamal) Crawford and (Michael) Beasley to make an impression for the 20-21 roster with a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving,” our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports.
Montrezl Harrell: Aye big ass congrats to the OG vet and one my favorite to do it here in our game @JCrossover on signing wit the nets
Shams Charania: Jamal Crawford has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Jamal Crawford: –It’s obviously something more to it………..
Shams Charania: Players who have signed an NBA/G League deal this year or a previous year are expected to be available to sign in restarted season — making Jamal Crawford or JR Smith eligible, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Crawford never retired from the game. He just didn’t get on a roster this season. But could he sign with a team if the NBA comes back? “I think so,” said Crawford, who still lives in Seattle. “But if not, I’ll be playing at LA Fitness somewhere, and I’ll have more time to spend with my family.”
Jamal Crawford: “I’ve been training as if I’m playing. … Hopefully I’ll get another chance to get back out there.” — @JCrossover on wanting to return to the NBA
Free agent Jamal Crawford wants to continue his NBA career and is in shape and prepared to sign with a team, according to sources. Crawford, a 19-year NBA veteran and three-time Sixth Man of the Year, spent last season in Phoenix.
However, Crawford, who turns 40 in March, is unequivocal about his desires to reclaim his NBA dream. “I’m not retired,” he said adamantly. “But I am enjoying this time with my family. … So I’m looking at it like the glass is half full because I’m able to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do.” Still, Crawford, the first three-time winner of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2010, ’14 and ’16), said he believes he can help a team in a mentoring role and as a scorer off the bench.
Jamal Crawford, who turns 40 in March, is unequivocal about his desires to reclaim his NBA dream. “I’m not retired,” he said adamantly. “But I am enjoying this time with my family. … So I’m looking at it like the glass is half full because I’m able to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do.”
Jamal Crawford is still a free agent. Would you like to see him play in Boston? Jaylen Brown: I would like to see him on the floor in general. I think he still can go despite his age, I think people look at the age and start getting funny about whatever, but it’s 2019. The recovery times are different, the ages that people are peaking at are different. I think Jamal Crawford can still play, I say let him go.
Three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford believes that the current Philadelphia 76ers squad has what it takes to emerge out of the stacked Eastern Conference this year. The Brett Brown-mentored squad possesses a blend of young and experienced players in their roster, and Crawford said they simply need one good piece to get them over the hump. “Man, I love Philly. Their length, their aggressiveness. They’ve gotten a taste of success, so they know what that feels like. I think they’re just a piece away; but I think another shot creator. I like Tobias Harris, I love Jojo, I like Coach Brown a lot, so I like the team,” he shared in a clip posted by Basketball Society on YouTube.
CJ McCollum: Tuesday thoughts…. Melo free , now its time @JCrossover got signed. Streets need to see this man in the league. Thats all. Happy Tuesday
Jamal Crawford turns 40 in March, but admitted he was “shocked” his phone didn’t ring with more interest in the off-season after his 2018-19 stint with the Phoenix Suns. He didn’t have a job with the Suns, either, until the night before the regular season started — but Crawford finished the campaign with a 51-point flourish in Dallas on April 9.
“I know that it was historic in a bunch of ways,” Crawford said of a performance that made him the oldest 50-point scorer in league history, as well as the first to do so as a reserve — and to do it with four franchises (Suns, Warriors, Knicks, Bulls). But I honestly thought more so along the lines of: ‘I’m re-energized. I’m ready for the next chapter.’”
Crawford typically heads to the gym twice daily in Seattle to keep himself sharp while waiting for the kind of call Anthony just got from the Trail Blazers. But some games in mid-November are must-watch — and Blazers at Pelicans suddenly qualifies as worthy of schedule shuffling. “I’m rooting for Melo big time,” Crawford said.
Jamal Crawford tweeted out support for ‘Melo and for Iman Shumpert (who signed with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday). In a sense for these veterans, this is like the NBA Draft green room all over again — you’re happy the room is emptying … but you don’t want to be the last one sitting at the table. “I know I can play,” Crawford told NBA.com, “and I would think my reputation is still solid. It’s baffling to me.”
Anthony and Shumpert were just lifted off the pile and yet the list of players waiting by the phone, once again, is lengthy enough. “A lot of teams take a wait and see approach, not only for me, but vets in general,” Crawford said.
“I love the game and stay in the gym anyway,” he said. “Whenever I retire, I’ll still be playing the game, whether that’s at an LA Fitness or somewhere else. At this point, the regular players around here are kind of used to seeing me, although sometimes I’ll go to a different gym and people are surprised,” he said. “Like, the other night, I went to new one and played from 10 o’clock to midnight. They did double takes.”
Jamal Crawford: I just stay prayed up, & know it will all work out in the end..
Alex Kennedy: Last night, Jamal Crawford (@Jamal Crawford) had 51 points, 7 threes, 5 assists and 5 boards, and shot 60% from the field. When asked if he’ll play next year, the 39-year-old told me, “Hell yes! Maybe even longer!” What a way to show potential employers what he has left in the tank! pic.twitter.com/gIVXsLfzl0
Gina Mizell: #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov on addition of Jamal Crawford: “Definitely somebody who is capable. We know his ability to score — he’s an instant offense guy. But also, another leadership (guy)…I think the time for adjust and to adapt to a new system is going to be very quick.”
Tim Cato: Jamal Crawford was also considering the San Antonio Spurs before signing with the Suns, per source.
Shams Charania: Free agent Jamal Crawford has reached agreement with the Phoenix Suns, per league sources. @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium
Shams Charania: Crawford has agreed to a one-year deal with the Suns, league sources said. Crawford provides Phoenix with much-needed established leadership and production in backcourt.
The Phoenix Suns have offered the veterans minimum to former Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.
Ryan Anderson says he’s didn’t know much about Jamal Crawford’s visit to Phoenix. “He could’ve just come in here and grabbed lunch,” said a smiling Anderson after Saturday’s practice. Uh huh. Anderson doesn’t know the 18-year veteran personally, either, but he believes Crawford would be a good fit in Phoenix. “For sure,” Anderson said. “Obviously having another veteran guy with his abilities. Another vocal guy who can come in and teach these young guys, especially at the guard position, would be really helpful for us.”
“I like Jamal,” said Jones in an interview Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I know him personally. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy. Those are the types of players that we will look towards as we go through the season. More importantly, it’s not even about who potentially could be here or who’s out there. I’m focused on who’s here and we know who those guys are.”
The Phoenix Suns are interested in free agent guard Jamal Crawford, interim general manager and vice president of basketball operations James Jones told Bickley & Marotta after the 18-year NBA vet was reportedly spotted in the lobby of Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday.
“I like Jamal. I know him personally. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy,” Jones said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “Those are the types of players that we will look towards as we go through the season. More importantly, it’s not even about who potentially could be here or who’s out there. I’m focused on who’s here and we know who those guys are. Jamal is a name that — a guy that we’re looking at. He’s someone that we’ve expressed interest in, one of many names.”
Justin Parham: Free agent guard @JCrossover Jamal Crawford spotted at @Suns Talking Stick Arena. Could the Suns be a potential landing spot for the 18 year vet?
“There is interest,” Crawford said. “I could just sign a deal to sign a deal. I’m just waiting for the situation where I think I can help where I fit well. I don’t want to sign something just to sign it. “I’m not saying ‘championship or bust.’ A team on the rise makes sense. I bring a specific skill set. So, a team that needs me instead of just, ‘Oh, that can work.’ I feel like I just went through that last season and I don’t want to do that again.”
Jamal Crawford has spent the past 18 years in various NBA training camps: Chicago, New York, Oakland, Atlanta, Portland, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. But this year he is expected to begin training camp in his native Seattle, where there is no team. The 38-year-old guard is still a free agent. “If you would have asked before if I thought it would go this long, I’d say no, ” Crawford told The Undefeated. “But, I guess it’s kind of a special circumstance with the way the league is going, the market and different things of that nature. But I’m fine. I’m actually really, really good.
The Boston Celtics have 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster, the most they can carry into the season. They also have pretty good depth on the wing: Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward will start at the 2/3 spots, with Marcus Smart and Semi Ojeleye behind them. The Celtics are not really looking to add a wing. Plus, Crawford was frustrated with his role last season in Minnesota getting almost 21 minutes a night and having the ball in his hands a lot, that’s not necessarily a fit with Boston’s selfless style. But a good rumor never lets facts get in the way — like Jamal Crawford to the Celtics. The Athletic’s Jared Weiss, talking on the Celtics Beat podcast with Adam Kaufman, said there is “mutual interest” between the sides.
Jared Weiss: “There is mutual interest between the Celtics and Crawford. That I do know. The Celtics didn’t make an offer to him. He’s been kind of waiting for the right situation to materialize. That’s why he’s holding out to training camp, basically. He wants to be in a position to win a championship. He wants to sign on with one of these title teams.”
ESPN’s Marc Spears, during an appearance on The Jump, said that Crawford still isn’t near joining a new team, but there have been a few franchises, namely the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers, that are interested in his services. “He said ‘Nothing yet,’ but he’s had some interest from the Lakers, had some interest from the Sixers. Had some from Golden State although I don’t think the Golden State thing will be there with Patrick McCaw coming back”
Eighteen years. Seven teams. Eighteen head coaches. “Fit is first and foremost when I’m thinking about where I’ll play next,” said Crawford, who wants to play another 2-3 years. “Last year, I may have made the mistake of not thinking fit all the way through. “You look at my career, when the fit was right, I contributed on the court. … I know people that care for me want me to win (an NBA title), but I don’t know if my career will be defined by that.”
Jamal Crawford declined a $4.5 million player option with the Timberwolves for next season, thinking that as a free agent he could get into a situation that was a better fit, and where he could get more minutes than the 20 he got each game last season. As we get into the middle of August, Crawford is still looking for a new home. There were rumors about him signing a minimum deal with the Warriors and stepping into the Nick Young role, but that never materialized. Other rumors have been floated, but nothing seemed real. Crawford is making his pitch, and on Brandon Robinson’s Scoop B Radio he praised the Sixers and his potential fit there.
Jamal Crawford: “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. JJ 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.”
Isaiah Thomas: How is @Jamal Crawford still a free agent? Makes no sense!
Candace Buckner: Day 3 into free agency and some of the #Wizards’s targets are coming into focus: Washington expressed interest in Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute, Dante Cunningham and Willie Reed. All these players were pretty much July 1 calls.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers have expressed some interest in acquiring @Jamal Crawford in free agency, according to sources. Like I tweeted out moments ago, he would a great addition if they’re able to get him.
Former Warriors guard and three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford has serious interest in joining the Warriors, too, and is well aware that it would require a financial sacrifice to take part. The Warriors have interest in Crawford as well, but it appears a minimum salary slot would be the only way to make this happen.
“For any player in free agency, fit and situation is so important,” said Crawford, who declined a player option with Minnesota for next season to become a free agent. “You see players in one situation and they go to another and they look totally different. I’ve been around long enough to know that the player didn’t change. May just be the situation that he’s in. There is nothing wrong with that either. It’s all a part of growing and taking something positive out of that. “For me, fit and situation may be even more important, because coming off the bench, you have to be able to make something happen for your team in a smaller amount of time. So I truly have to have the right fit, and that was part of the reason I opted out.”
There is some mutual interest between the Warriors and Jamal Crawford in a potential minimum deal, sources say. He might want more than the minimum. It’s unclear if the Warriors will use their mini-midlevel exception, but if they do, it likely will not be on Crawford.
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.
As for the bench guys, I don’t see Jamal Crawford coming back, even though Butler would love to have him. Gorgui Dieng’s contract will be difficult to move, so there’s a good chance he’s here. If not, the Wolves may have to pay a hefty price to unload him.
Jamal Crawford opting out of his $4.5M contract for 2018-19 now has Minnesota with $117M in salary (including the OKC 1st), $6M below the luxury tax. The Timberwolves can create $4.9M in additional flexibility if they waive Cole Aldrich by June 30. The center has $2.05M in salary protection. Crawford has non-bird rights and Minnesota is restricted to $5.19M in the first year they can offer the guard. Minnesota does have the $8.6M midlevel and $3.4M biannual exception available but using more than $5.29M of the midlevel would hard cap the team.
Jon Krawczynski: League sources tell @TheAthleticMIN that Jamal Crawford is declining his player option for next season with Wolves. (@Chris Haynes first)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford will decline his 2018-19 player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN. Crawford, one of the league’s elite reserves, will be opting out of a guaranteed salary of $4.5 million to test free agency.
Veteran guard Jamal Crawford has a player option for next season and said he won’t begin to contemplate that decision until he decompresses from this past season. Backup point guard Tyus Jones, a member of Towns’ 2015 draft class, will be eligible to sign a contract extension this summer, and little-used veteran center Cole Aldrich can be paid off $2 million of the nearly $7 million owed him next season if he is waived by June 20.
Chris Haynes: Jamal Crawford has cleared waivers, league sources tell ESPN. He’s free to ink two-year deal with Minnesota. Could possibly sign this week.
So young not so long ago, the Timberwolves’ maturation from a team for the future to a team of the now continued Saturday, when they reached a contract agreement with 37-year-old guard Jamal Crawford, according to league sources with knowledge of the negotiation.
A three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year since 2010, Crawford’s arrival once he clears waivers Monday will give the Wolves a three-point shooting wing off the bench they so badly need. They will use their $4.3 million-plus “room” exception under the salary cap to sign the 17-year veteran who played his first NBA game in 2000. The two-year, $8.9 contract includes a player option for the second season.
Darren Wolfson: One other Crawford #Twolves note for the evening: KAT gets an assist. He was part of the recruiting pitch.
The Cavaliers chose 22-year-old Cedi Osman over Jamal Crawford, and Crawford picked the Timberwolves’ cash. Crawford, the 37-year-old free agent, will sign a two-year, $8.9 million deal with Minnesota once he clears waivers on Monday, sources told cleveland.com. The deal includes a player’s option on the second season. Crawford was bought out of his contract by the Hawks on Friday.
Chris Haynes: Jamal Crawford intends to sign with Minnesota upon clearing waivers, league sources tell ESPN.
Brad Turner: Jamal Crawford deal with Minnesota is 2 years, 8.9 million, player option for second year, per source.
Manny Vieites: Timberwolves are close to landing Jamal Crawford. Just waiting on clearing waivers per source.
Brad Turner: Can confirm Jamal Crawford “close” to a deal with Minnesota.
Shams Charania: Jamal Crawford is in serious talks to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves once he clears waivers, league sources tell The Vertical.
Jamal Crawford would definitely play for the Cavaliers if they offer him the full $5.2 million they can pay to any free agent, sources told cleveland.com. Crawford, 37, secured a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and is a free agent. Terms of the buyout were not immediately disclosed, but he was owed at least $17.2 million of the $28.75 million left on his contract.
Sources confirmed to cleveland.com that the Cavs were indeed interested in the 17-year vet. A source close to Crawford called him “Cleveland’s to lose.”
David Aldridge: Following official buyout this afternoon from Hawks, Cleveland, Minnesota, Washington and the Lakers top teams in pursuit of Jamal Crawford.
Brad Turner: Jamal Crawford interested in Lakers, Lakers interested in Crawford, sources. But things moving slow right now. Cleveland, Minny also options
Chris Haynes: Jamal Crawford and Atlanta Hawks have come to terms on a buyout, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Vivlamore: Crawford buyout should be done today, I’m told, but not done now.
Sam Amick: Minnesota, Washington, Cleveland out front for Jamal Crawford’s services, I’m told.
Alex Kennedy: Celtics are interested in Jamal Crawford, as @Michael Scotto said. Isaiah Thomas and JC are close friends. CLE, WAS, MIN, LAL, MIL also in mix.
The Cavs will keep tabs on the buyout market, as three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford is said to seek an exit from Atlanta after being sent there in a recent three-team trade. But there’s no guarantee that happens. Carmelo Anthony seems to be looking for a way out of New York. Perhaps Dwyane Wade becomes available if Chicago decides to go a different direction.
Veteran guard Jamal Crawford is “very interested” in joining the Cavaliers if he becomes a free agent after a recent conversation with LeBron James, sources told cleveland.com. Crawford, 37, was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks, and will negotiate a buyout with Atlanta. He has two years and $28.75 million remaining on his contract, but only one year (about $14.2 million) is fully guaranteed. About $3 million is guaranteed from the following year.
Marc J. Spears: With Lakers interest dying on both sides, source says Crawford is expected to have interest from T-Wolves, Cavs & Wizards after bought out.
Career sixth man Jamal Crawford has strong interest in remaining in Los Angeles and signing with the Lakers if a proposed three-team trade that would send him from the Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks goes through, a source said Tuesday.
The Lakers have several things working in their favor, although they would not be able to offer a title chase like the Warriors or Cavaliers, who have met in the Finals for three straight years. The Lakers have been careful this offseason not to commit money beyond 2018, so they might not be willing to offer Crawford a multiple-year contract. But with the Lakers sitting about $12 million under the $99 million salary cap, they could offer him a richer contract than the veteran’s minimum.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers are waiving center Joakim Noah — and his agent, Bill Duffy of @BDA Sports, tells ESPN that Noah is “likely headed toward retirement.” One of his era’s most ferocious competitors, Noah played 13 seasons, made two All-Star games and was a 3-time All-Defensive team choice.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bill Duffy on Noah: “What an illustrious career for Joakim, starting with two national titles at the University of Florida, to becoming an NBA Defensive Player of the Year and ultimately evolving into one of the most passionate, spirited players to ever come through our sport. It’s been my honor to represent Joakim through his journey.”
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on his extension talks: “My goal is to win a championship here, that’s been my goal since I got here, and it still is. … Negotiation talk, that’s why I have an agent. I’ll let him take care of that.”
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on the inability to go big-big last season: “We could feel that sometimes, we lacked a little bit of size. Derrick is a very good defender. … We felt the drop, and we missed his presence. Having Derrick Favors back is fixing a lot of problems.”
Chris Fedor: Levi Randolph signed his training camp deal with #Cavs a short time ago after getting in late from Indianapolis due to the weather, sources tell @clevelanddotcom. That makes him No. 20 on the training camp roster. He will try to claim one of the final spots.