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Clippers, Timberwolves may be interested in trading for Jamal Crawford

Mar 6, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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From Hoopsworld’s Yannis Koutroupis:

The Portland Trail Blazers are enduring a trying season at 18-19 and changes could be on the horizon. One Blazer who is garnering a lot of interest in particular is shooting guard Jamal Crawford.

Sources confirm to HOOPSWORLD that Crawford, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason to be retired shooting guard Brandon Roy’s replacement, is on several team’s radar. The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing him the strongest, but the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks have also expressed interest.

The Clippers have been searching for a replacement for Chauncey Billups ever since the veteran guard suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, and the Timberwolves are currently only a game and a half out of the 8th and final playoff seed in the West. Crawford is making $5 million this season, and there has been speculation that the 31-year old guard will use his opt-out clause after this season and become an unrestricted free agent.

Crawford, an archetypal backcourt gunner who was recently inserted into Portland’s starting lineup, is averaging 14.5 points on 40.6%/36.0%/92.2% shooting this season.

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