Jamal Crawford appears to be the latest big-name veteran to sign with a new team ahead of the 2018-19 season. Just a little over 24 hours before the NBA season begins, Crawford has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns. It’s reportedly going to be on a minimum deal based off what they offered him over the weekend.
Following comes from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Watch Stadium and Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Crawford has agreed to a one-year deal with the Suns, league sources said. Crawford provides Phoenix with much-needed established leadership and production in backcourt. https://t.co/EGQpIEmqcq
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 15, 2018
Crawford is signing a one-year deal paying $2.4 million. https://t.co/cfc5DrXIaN
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) October 15, 2018
After opting out of the final year in his deal with the Timberwolves, the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year found himself seeing team by team pass on him. There was reported interest from a number of organizations including the two-time defending NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Crawford is obviously at the end of his career heading into season 19 but the veteran guard proved last year he still has a little bit left in the tank. Unfortunately for him, he won’t be showing out with a perennial playoff team as he has done in the second half of his career. He’s going to be a veteran leader for the team and especially the perimeter guys like Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges and Elie Okobo looking to improve their offensive game.
Last year with the Timberwolves, in 80 games played he averaged 10.3 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting from the field, including 33.1 percent from three.