Veteran Jamal Crawford picks Blazers; team waives Roy in amnesty deal
- Portland Tribune - Sports
The Trail Blazers' young backcourt got some extra seasoning Thursday when the team landed free-agent Jamal Crawford.
Crawford tweeted his impending arrival in Portland, after considering the Sacramento Kings as his other remaining option.
He will replace, to some extent, another Seattle-based guard, Brandon Roy, who intends to retire and has been waived by the Blazers under the NBA's new amnesty procedure.
The 6-5 Crawford, 31, will rank third in NBA experience - 11 seasons - on the Portland roster, behind big men Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.
Crawford has moved into a sixth-man role, and in 2010 he was the league's Sixth Man of the Year playing for the Atlanta Hawks and averaging 18.0 points per game in 21.1 minutes. Last season, also with Atlanta, he hit for 14.2 points per game in 30.1 minutes.
He is expected to sign a two-year contract, with the second year his option. He would be in line to earn $10 million total via the NBA's mid-level exception.
Crawford played his first four seasons with Chicago, then spent four-plus years with New York, most of one season with Golden State and then the last two with Atlanta.
He is a career 41.0-percent shooter from the field, and he has hit 35.1 percent from 3-point range (34.1 percent last season).
For his career, he has averaged 13.1 field-goal attempts per game in 32.1 minutes.
The Blazers' backcourt now has Raymond Felton (entering his seventh season) and Wesley Matthews (starting his third year), along with Crawford and second-year pros Armon Johnson and Elliot Williams and rookie Nolan Smith from Duke.