One of the most highly sought after Free Agents of this NBA season has chosen his new home as the “Oregonian” reported Thursday that former Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford has announced that he will sign a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA Sixth Man Of The Year in the 2009-2010 campaign was courted very heavily by another of his former teams the New York Knicks as well as the Sacramento Kings. The contract is reportedly for $10 million for the two years; although Crawford can opt out of the second year of the deal.
Crawford has played both guard positions during his career in the Association, but most likely he will play more at the two-guard slot for the Blazers as their former All-Star guard Brandon Roy retired last week. Crawford will help make up for the loss of scoring by Roy; in his 11 seasons in the NBA he has averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per contest.
This will be the fifth team that Crawford has played for during his stint in the Association. The veteran played his first four seasons for the Chicago Bulls, he then played for the Knicks for four-plus seasons before being traded to the Golden State Warriors early in the 2008-2009 campaign. Crawford then signed a Free Agent deal with the Hawks and helped them to get out of the basement in the NBA and turned them into playoff contenders.