Celtics, Sixers And Timberwolves Interested In Jamal Crawford
Chris Haynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
The Portland Trail Blazers are fielding trade offers for guard Jamal Crawford and the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics are among the teams actively pursuing the scoring specialist intensely, a league source tells CSNNW.com.
Other teams who have shown diminutive interest are the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns according to a person familiar with the situation.
Back in December, Crawford agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Trail Blazers with an opt out option at the end of year one. Andy Miller (Crawford's agent) and the Trail Blazers agreed to extend his opt out deadline to June 29. The previous deadline was June 15.
A trade would grant Crawford his Bird Rights and If he isn't traded before or on draft night (June 28), Crawford is expected to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent the very next day.
Minnesota has long coveted Crawford and was close to obtaining him at the trade deadline on March 15. The team is also making a play for former Trail Blazers Brandon Roy and recently acquired Chase Budinger via trade from Houston. At this point, I can't confirm if Roy's decision or Budinger's acquisition would impact Crawford being on their radar.
I would keep my eye on is Boston. They owns picks No. 21 and 22 in Thursday's draft and have a ton of cap space allowing them to be in play however things shape up with Crawford.