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Jamal Crawford plans to sign a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves once he clears waivers, league sources told The Vertical.
The second year of the deal is a player option, league sources said.
The three-time Sixth Man of the Year was released by the Atlanta Hawks in a buyout agreement on Friday, and started talks with Minnesota, Washington, Golden State, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers. For Crawford, the opportunity of assuming a sixth-man role for coach Tom Thibodeau held major appeal.
Minnesota has reshaped its roster this offseason, acquiring Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, and getting an agreement from Crawford, a respected veteran able to go to the team of his choice, is a plus for the Timberwolves.
Crawford’s buyout agreement with the Hawks allowed him to recoup a significant amount of his salary and put him in position to play for a potential contender in the Western Conference. Crawford was also in serious talks on a possible one-year deal at a strong salary with the Lakers, sources said.
The Hawks acquired Crawford in a three-team deal that sent Danilo Gallinari to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Crawford, 37, has played 17 seasons with Chicago, New York, Golden State, Atlanta, Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 15.3 points and 3.5 assists for his career.
He was selected eighth overall in the 2000 NBA draft.
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