Jamal Crawford is taking his talents northwest.
After much speculation about where the former sixth man of the year player was going to land, Crawford finally put all the rumors to rest. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Crawford and the Blazers have agreed to two-year, $10 million deal, with a player option after the first year, which would allow Crawford to enter the free-agent market once again.
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The New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings were Crawford's other two suitors. However, the Knicks just couldn't offer Crawford the same amount of money as the Kings or the Blazers, as they only have an available amount of $2.5 million to give to the swingman. The Kings had the financial means but were not the right fit for Crawford, who would have to fight for minutes in a loaded backcourt with John Salmons, Marcus Thornton, Francisco Garcia and rookie Jimmer Fredette.
Instead, Crawford opted to sign with the Blazers, who recently amnestied Brandon Roy, after Roy informed the team that he was retiring due to medical reasons. Now, the Blazers only have Wesley Matthews as Crawford's only competition for minutes. However, many believe Crawford will come off the bench, as that is where he is most effective. The Blazers could use the bench scoring.
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