Jamal Crawford has played 17 seasons in the NBA. He's been to the postseason seven times. But he's never won an NBA title.
So nobody could have blamed the 37-year-old if he decided to sign with the Warriors to Cavs this offseason after having his contract bought out by the Hawks.
Instead, the former Clippers guard, who was traded to Atlanta in a three-team deal earlier in July, has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Timberwolves worth $8.9 million.
In a recent interview with The Star Tribune, Crawford admitted that LeBron James attempted to recruit him to Cleveland. Aside from neither team being able to offer enough money or guaranteed playing time, Crawford explained what appealed to him about Minnesota and why he didn't really want to go to either of the teams that have appeared in the last three NBA Finals.
“[The Timberwolves] showed they were serious, trying to get things done right away. I felt like the time is right. I felt like I could fit. At this point of my career, I could easily chase a championship. I’m not saying we won’t compete, but it’s not about that. I want to take the journey and go through the wars with these guys. The Cavs, they’ve been there. Those guys know what it’s like to be in the Finals and win a championship. The Warriors, same deal. If I went there and let’s say we happen to win, what’s next? Sometimes it’s more gratifying to help teams go from one point to another point," Crawford said.
“That’s the challenge. That’s what so fun about it. What if you went to the movies and knew how it ended when the movie started? It’s exciting because nobody really knows what we can be,” Crawford continued.
Crawford is joining a T'Wolves squad that has already added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson to a Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng.
The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.
Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.
Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.
The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.
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On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.
Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:
[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]
A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:
On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."
In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.
The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.
Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.
Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller