There’s still a oppurtunity to capitalize on Jamal Crawford in lieu of a trade on draft night, despite his announcement of opting out of his contract with Portland.
Alex Kennedy reports there are a bevy of teams wanting to take a stab at Crawford including the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.
If the Blazers find a trade partner that Crawford deems suitable, he could opt in to the final year of his contract and be dealt to that team, making $5 million next season. If Portland can’t put together a trade, Crawford will opt out and test free agency.
If Crawford becomes a free agent, he’ll have plenty of potential suitors. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue Crawford, according to league sources.