Jamal Crawford has already turned in a strong NBA career that has spanned over 18 seasons.
However, Crawford is still looking to play at least one more season in the league. Crawford is surprised that he hasn’t signed a contract, but he knows “I will be somewhere at some point.”
From Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
“If you would have asked before if I thought it would go this long, I’d say no,” Crawford said. “But, I guess it’s kind of a special circumstance with the way the league is going, the market and different things of that nature. But I’m fine. I’m actually really, really good.
“I know I will be somewhere at some point. It will work out the way it’s supposed to. That’s the part where I’m like, ‘Hey, at least you get more time with your family right now.’ That part is a plus.”
Crawford has drawn interest from multiple teams throughout the offseason. The Golden State Warriors were interested in signing Crawford before they used their mid-level exception to sign All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins shortly after free agency opened. In addition, the Philadelphia 76ers have also shown interest, but would have to get rid of guard Jerryd Bayless before they would be able to sign Crawford.
The veteran guard did an interview earlier in the offseason and stated that he would be very interested in joining the Sixers.
“I think for me, especially being out there as a free-agent, something could work out,” Crawford told Brandon “Scoop B” 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 Jojo [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.”
The veteran guard is coming off a season in which he averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists while shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc. Crawford certainly be would be a huge addition to a Sixers roster that doesn’t have a ton of perimeter threats aside from Redick and Robert Covington. Adding another shooter like Crawford could be one of the key pieces that puts Philadelphia over the top in the Eastern Conference.