When July 1 arrives and teams can begin recruiting free agents, the Boston Celtics are expected to show interest in Jamal Crawford — assuming he ever reaches free agency. (HoopsWorld)
Jamal Crawford will either be traded on draft night or opt out and become an unrestricted free agent. The Portland Trail Blazers extended the deadline for Crawford to opt out from June 15 to June 29, which gives them the opportunity to shop him on the night of the draft.
If the Blazers find a trade partner that Crawford deems suitable, he could opt in to the final year of his contract and be dealt to that team, making $5 million next season. If Portland can’t put together a trade, Crawford will opt out and test free agency.
If Crawford becomes a free agent, he’ll have plenty of potential suitors. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue Crawford, according to league sources.
Do the Celtics need scorers? Desperately. They have for years.
Is Crawford — who shot 38.4 percent from the field last year, doesn’t entirely fit within a team concept and might command a reasonably large contract — the answer? I’m leaning toward, “No.”