This is not a surprise, but now there is a quality two guard and former Sixth Man of the Year available on the free agent market.
Jamal Crawford, who struggled to find a groove with the Portland Trail Blazers this year, has opted out and will test the free agent market, he confirmed to Seattle television station KING (hat tip to The Sporting News).
“I’m a free agent, so I’m excited about what’s there moving forward,” Crawford said. “There will be a lot of teams out there with a lot of interest. I’ll sit back after (free agency opens in July) and see what happens.”
Crawford was a free agent coming into last season but didn’t find the demand for his services he expected post lockout. He ended up signing a two year deal with an opt out in Portland for $5 million a year, which he saw as below market for a former Sixth Man of the Year.
Crawford averaged 14 points a game for the Blazers but shot just 38.4 percent overall and 30 percent from three. He will be 32 next season and is a couple years removed from his Sixth Man of the Year season in Atlanta where he was an offensive force. That said, he is still a solid two guard who can put up points. He will find teams willing to talk to him, but if he expects an eight-digit payday he will be in for a surprise.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.