Hello Jamal / G’Bye Brandon
He signed for 2 years and $10 million and has a player option for the 2nd year of the deal. He picked the Blazers over the Kings, who were offering more money, which is not surprising since Portland has a legit chance to make the playoffs this season.
The Kings offered Crawford a 2-year deal for $13 million and the Knicks offered him a 2-year deal for $5 million.
Crawford is a Seattle native so he will be closer to home with his new team.
Blazers’ star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was a HUGE All Star snub last season, openly expressed his desire for Portland to sign Crawford.
To make the deal to bring Crawford aboard the Blazers used the new amnesty clause to waive former 3 time All-Star G Brandon Roy.
This decision was much easier for Portland since Roy had already announced his retirement because of his gimpy knees. Crawford has been in the NBA for 11 years and has career averages of 15.2 ppg and in 2010 while with the Hawks he won the 6th Man of the Year award.
Portland’s acting general manager Chad Buchanan stated, “We’ve thought highly of Jamal for a long time and think he’s a great fit for our team.
He brings a scorer’s touch and veteran leadership that will help us immediately.”
Last season with Atlanta Crawford played in 76 games and averaged 14.2 ppg shot 42.1% from the floor and 34.1% from beyond the 3-point arc.
He will come off the bench in Portland to give the Blazers some instant offense.
He is now known for his defense and that is a concern, but his offense will be sorely needed by a Portland team that only ranked 24th in the league last season in scoring.
Other Off-Season Moves
Besides Roy retiring and singing Crawford the Blazers also signed Kurt Thomas to bolster their frontcourt and Greg Oden re-signed and hopefully he can stay healthy and fulfill his potential that has showed when he is on the court.
Portland also signed free agent F Craig Smith, who averaged 5.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 48 games last season playing for the Clippers.