The Portland Trail Blazers always had an advantage in trying to land Jamal Crawford — and not just LaMarcus Aldridge’s naked and unabashed recruitment of him on twitter.
Crawford was born in Seattle and lives in the Pacific Northwest in the offseason. The Blazers were close to home.
And he is headed back, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
Crawford gets a two-year deal for about $10M, with the second year being a player option, source says.
Crawford was debating between Portland, Sacramento and New York (but New York could only offer half the money of Portland).
Crawford has been one of the best sixth men in the league for the last two years in Atlanta, providing scoring (14.2 PPG last year, 18 the year before), shot creation and energy (something the Hawks often seemed to lack when he sat). He did those same things as a starter before. So he expected to be paid more than $5 million per year. Hence the option — if he puts up big numbers, he can test the free agent market again.
This is a great get for the Trail Blazers, who have a nice lineup with Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, and Nicolas Batum. They may not be one of the elite in the West now, but they will be respectable. And a tough out in the playoffs.