Jamaal Crawford, the only 3-time Sixth Man of the Year winner in NBA history, is likely to return to the New York Knicks in free agency, according to a source close to the shooting guard.
Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reported Saturday that the Knicks and Crawford have mutual interest in free agency, which begins July 1. With Arron Afflalo likely to go elsewhere, the Knicks are desperate for a starting caliber shooting guard and view Crawford as a likely candidate.
Jamaal Crawford wants to return to NY?
“I’m not talking about any one team (in free agency) but everyone knows how I feel about New York. I really enjoyed my time there,” the 36-year-old told The News.
Last week, the Knicks traded Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant for Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP. Isola writes: “With a lineup featuring Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks will need scoring off the bench and Crawford has established himself as one of the best in league history. He’s also insurance for Rose, who appeared in 66 games last season but has had a history of injury issues.”
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Crawford, who was traded to New York in 2004 from the Chicago Bulls, spent four-plus seasons with the Knicks before being shipped to the Golden State Warriors in 2008. During his time in New York, Crawford played under four coaches including Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas.
Clippers want him back…
The Los Angeles Clippers, who own Crawford’s Bird Rights, have the ability to go over the cap room to re-sign the veteran guard. However, recent reports suggest that Crawford is headed elsewhere after spending four seasons with Doc River’s team.
Jamaal Crawford, who has represented six different teams during his 16 years in the NBA, averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists from 27 minutes per game last season. Crawford is expected to attract offers in the range of $5 million per season.