Jamal Crawford still doesn’t have a team to suit up for during the 2018-19 NBA season, but that isn’t because of a lack of interest league-wide.
During an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump on Wednesday – via Bleacher Report – ESPN’s Marc Spears said that Crawford isn’t particularly close to making a decision regarding where he will play next season, but that the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers are all interested in the veteran guard’s services, though the Warriors would likely only be interested in adding Crawford if Patrick McCaw doesn’t re-sign with the team.
According to Brandon Robinson of Scoop B Radio, Crawford would sign with the Sixers if the team can find a way to buy out or trade guard Jerryd Bayless in order to make room for Crawford. Bayless has one season left on the original three-year, $27 million deal that he signed in 2016, which comes with a cap hit of more than $8.57 million this season.
Crawford spoke to Robinson earlier this month and had nothing but good things to say about the Sixers organization. The sharpshooting guard said that he “would be honored to play there” when referring to potentially landing in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I think for me, especially being out there as a free-agent, something could work out,” Crawford told Robinson. “I would be honored to play there, but things obviously have to take its course and I kind of got to sit back, but who wouldn’t want to play there?
“I like their city. I like how into it they are about basketball. I like their knowledge of basketball, how passionate they are. I’ve always loved coach Brett Brown. I’ve been on record. I’ve been a fan of his for years. He just needed talent, and now he has that. He added Ben Simmons, I love his game. I love [Joel Embiid]. They’re both among my favorite players in the league to watch. Markelle [Fultz] is like a little brother to me. Obviously, he went to the University of Washington, and we talk every other day. J.J. Redick is like a brother to me, we’ve been through wars together, so there’s so many things to love about Philadelphia for sure.”
Though at 38 years old he may be in the twilight of his career, Crawford can still provide whatever team he suits up for with a scoring punch off of the bench. Crawford averaged 10.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor over 80 appearances off of the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.