There will be no shortage of suitors for free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford.
At least seven teams are interested in the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, reports Dan Woike of the OC Register. They are the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors, the Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets in addition to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Crawford’s preference is to re-sign with the Clippers, but he is keeping an open mind.
“I definitely have to keep an open mind and see what’s out there,” Crawford told the OC Register. “That’s why you’re in this position. My preference, like I’ve said from the get go, is to go back to the Clippers. But, I’m definitely very, very open-minded about the whole free-agency process.”
“It doesn’t have to be a team that’s a contender. I don’t want to go to a team that’s only won a few amount of games, but it doesn’t have to be a contender,” Crawford said. “At the end of the day, only one team wins. You want to put yourself in the best position to try and win.”
Crawford, 36, averaged 14.2 points off the bench last season while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3. He became the first player in history to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award three times (2010, 2014 and 2016).