UPDATE: It looks like Crawford is heading to Minnesota. Sorry, John.
Jamal Crawford intends to sign with Minnesota upon clearing waivers, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2017
Sources: Crawford plans to sign with Minnesota on a two-year, $8.9M deal, with second year player option, once he clears waivers. https://t.co/q8kfKfQLXW— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2017
The deal for the Room Exception is worth a lot more than Crawford could have made in Washington, and he’ll play a big role in Minnesota, just like he would have in Washington, so you can understand the decision from Crawford’s perspective. Still, that’s a rough blow for Wall and the Wizards. We’ll see where Washington goes from here.
The original post is below.
The Atlanta Hawks bought out Jamal Crawford’s contract on Friday after acquiring him in a three-way trade with the Clippers and Nuggets. Friday night on SportsCenter, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Wizards are making a push to get him, including some strong recruitment by John Wall:
“Washington’s an interesting one to watch here, because he nearly chose them prior when he went to the Clippers. I’m been told John Wall has been pretty aggressive in his recruitment, trying to get him to take a hard look at that Wizards team. They certainly need to improve that bench in Washington, but Jamal Crawford is going to have plenty of suitors.
Washington would need to release a player (most likely Sheldon Mac or Daniel Ochefu, who are both on unguaranteed deals) or make a trade to clear a roster spot to sign Crawford. Once they make clear the spot, the Wizards would still only be able to offer a veteran’s minimum deal for $2.3 million.
Wall’s involvement in the Crawford recruitment speaks volumes. Wall has played at Crawford’s Summer League in Seattle in the past, and the two have shared their respect for each other’s game on Twitter multiple times:
That John Wall dunk was sick!— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 16, 2014
Even more impressive than John's last shot, was his mentality to KEEP attacking after a slow start with everything on the line.— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 13, 2017
It’s also indicates that Wall still thinks the Wizards can do more to improve the Wizards’ bench after adding Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks, and Mike Scott this summer. With a big extension on the line this summer, Washington needs to do whatever they can make sure Wall is satisfied with where the team is headed.