With the first week of the NBA’s accelerated free agency period in the books, most of the key players are falling into place and rosters are beginning to fill out. Another key player was locked up Thursday, as combo guard Jamal Crawford agreeing to a one year, $5 million deal with the Portland Trailblazers with a player option for the second year. Crawford tweeted his destination once the move became official:
Crawford was reported as being heavily pursued by a number of teams, most notably the Kings, the Knicks and the Blazers. Portland won out in the end, apparently adding Crawford to replace the scoring vacated by the retirement/amnesty clause victim Brandon Roy. Crawford is an aggressive scorer who has 3-point range, the courage to take any shot with the game on the line and can create his shot, very similar to the attributes Roy displayed in his five yeas with the Blazers.
Crawford has played for four teams in 11 NBA seasons, averaging 15.4 ppg and 3.9 apg. Last season in a reserve role for the Hawks, Crawford averaged 14.2 ppg and 3.2 apg while playing 30.2 minutes in 76 games, all off the bench.
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