Saturday, July 8, 2017|8:49 p.m.
LAS VEGAS– The Minnesota Timberwolves were in desperate requirement of a scorer off the bench. Jamal Crawford has actually earned a living doing just that.
Crawford reached agreement with the Timberwolves on a two-year offer Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation informed The Associated Press. The individual spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the fact that he can not be signed until he clears waivers.
The cap-strapped Wolves just had the room exception delegated use for the offer, worth about $4.2 million for the upcoming season. The 2nd year is a player alternative.
The 37-year-old Crawford averaged 12.3 points in 82 video games for the Clippers last season. He was traded to Atlanta to assist include Danilo Gallinari and reached a buyout arrangement with the Hawks.
It continues an aggressive summer for the Timberwolves and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, who obtained three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, signed free agent point guard Jeff Teague and veteran forward Taj Gibson to remake a roster that won simply 31 games last season.
The flurry of activity left the Wolves with an enforcing beginning 5, but very little off the bench on the wings behind Butler and Andrew Wiggins.
Crawford has actually long been one of the league’s microwave men– a gamer who can come off the bench cold and heat up quickly. He has won the NBA’s sixth man of the year award 3 times, most recently in 2015-16.
His scoring average last season was the lowest given that 2002-03 and he is a career 35 percent shooter from 3-point variety. So the Wolves still have some holes to fill with a lineup that now has 11 players. They have nearly no cap space left to sign free agents, so the remaining deals will either need to be for the veteran’s minimum or by means of trades.