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Jamal Crawford explains why he didn't go to Warriors or Cavs: 'If I went there...'

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Jamal Crawford explains why he didn't go to Warriors or Cavs: 'If I went there...'

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.

Trump to host Stanley Cup champion Penguins at White House: 'Great team!'

Trump to host Stanley Cup champion Penguins at White House: 'Great team!'

The Warriors won't be going to the White House to celebrate their recent championship.

But the Pittsburgh Penguins will be.

A day after President Trump revoked an invitation to the Warriors, he announced on Twitter that the 2017 Stanley Cup champs will be visiting the White House.

"Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweet comes several hours after the Penguins issued a statement regarding a trip to the White House:

"The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships - touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama - and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.

Any agreement or disagreement with a president's politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit."

The Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final this past June.

Curry, Green share thoughts on Carmelo Anthony-to-Thunder trade

Curry, Green share thoughts on Carmelo Anthony-to-Thunder trade

As if the Western Conference couldn't get any more interesting, Carmelo Anthony will reportedly be traded to Oklahoma City on Monday.

With the Warriors engulfed in a war of words with President Trump over a potential visit to the White House, the media didn't have the chance to ask any of the players for their thoughts on the Anthony trade.

But afterwards, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green finally got to think about it and provided their feelings on the trade to The Undefeated.

"I don’t even know about this trade. I just heard about this trade 10 seconds ago. So, they got [Enes] Kanter and … I guess I am happy [for Anthony] because I know he wanted to get out and be in a situation where he felt like what he was doing on the court was actually productive," Curry told Marc Spears.

And the stacked Western Confernece?

“It’s going to be wild to see that trio of guys together. It’s just crazy how the West is getting stronger and stronger. It should be another tough matchup when we play them," Curry said.

While analysts and basketball fans everywhere are excited to see Anthony play with MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George, Curry is reserve judgment until he sees the trio on the court together.

“It’s all hard to tell, because it’s all new looks. We don’t know what style [the Thunder] are going to play and how they are going to balance their attack. It will all make itself known as we go through the season," Curry said.

As for Green, he's thrilled for his Team USA teammate.

“I’m happy for him. It doesn’t change my views to who we are as a team. But I’m happy for him, definitely. I don’t hate OKC. They hate me. I don’t hate them. I don’t care. You’re adding a guy who can give you 20 [points] a night. It is definitely going to make you better. I think it definitely helps them," Green said.

The first chance Curry and the Warriors get to see Anthony and the Thunder in person is Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.