Blazers’ Crawford confirms he’ll opt out, become free agent

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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.