Counter-Move Clippers: Reach Deals With Free Agents Billups And Crawford

Courtesy Of The Los Angeles Times

The “Battle Of Los Angeles” has carried over to the off-season, as the “Los Angeles Times” reported Thursday that the Los Angeles Clippers responded to the Lakers trading for veteran point guard Steve Nash on Wednesday, as Free Agent guards Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford have agreed to offers from the club. Billups, who played the Clippers this past season until he ruptured his left Achilles tendon, has agreed to a one year deal with the team, which could pay him $4.3 million if he reaches all the incentives in the contract. He is expected to be able to return to the floor around December.

Former NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Crawford, opted out of the second year of the deal he signed before this past season with the Portland Trail Blazers. According to the paper, the veteran sharpshooter will sign a three-year pact with Los Angeles for a reported $15.7 million on July 11, which is the first day that teams can sign Free Agents. Crawford, who has been all over the Association during his career, was a key part of the turnaround of the Atlanta Hawks, which is where he won the Sixth Man award. He will provide instant offense off the bench, as well as provide size in the Clippers back-court, which they lacked this past season.

Los Angeles cancelled a scheduled meeting with veteran Free Agent guard Ray Allen, after coming to terms with Crawford. Allen has already spoken with the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics have stated they would like to bring him back to the club  that he has been with since 2008.

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