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Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent

May 8, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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From HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy:

Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors.

Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBA’s all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points at the drop of a hat, although he’s never been a great passer or the most efficient scorer in the world. Last season, the 32-year old Michigan product scored 14 points per game on 38.4% shooting from the field and a disappointing 30.8% from beyond the arc.

The Blazers would pay Crawford 5.2 million dollars next season if he doesn’t opt out of his contract, but the rebuilding Blazers have little use for a veteran scorer like Crawford, who clearly believes he can get more money on the open market. Teams are always willing to pay for scoring, and Crawford can certainly light up the scoreboard, so he’ll probably end up snagging a nice payday this summer if he does indeed decided to opt out.

  1. Justin - May 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Not exactly surprising news but nice to know for sure. Wouldn’t mind if the Wolves signed him but they have bigger issues.

  2. sellahh - May 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    a shocka

  3. diamondmo33 - May 8, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Best crossover in the association

  4. rollteal - May 9, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Brooklyn bound !!

  5. southpaw77 - May 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Suns or Cavs.
    Have the cap space and need for a shooting guard.

  6. glink123 - May 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Hard to believe this stiff is 32 already.

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