Despite 16 years of experience in the NBA and an obvious calibre off the bench, three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford appears to be nervous during the current free agency period.
The guard is a free agent this summer and would like to stay with the L.A. Clippers after he was crowned the best impact player in the league having averaged 19 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds as the California-based franchise finished fourth in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles would like to keep hold of Crawford, however, the small issue of Kevin Durant is leaving everybody in an uncertain situation. As per the L.A. Times, the 36-year-old described his emotions as 'nervous', 'excited' and 'anxious', before going on to explain his thoughts.
He said: “I’ve always said my preference is to return to the Clippers, but I have to go into this process very open-minded. I’m very open-minded in this process and then just play it by ear and go from there.”
The Washington native has met with head coach Doc Rivers, along with president and owner Steve Ballmer, and the general consensus has been to remain patient. However, the guard has kept his options open by also meeting with Orlando Magic while setting up talks with the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
Last season, Crawford earned $5.6 million but could be in for a huge hike in his wage given the numbers that have been thrown around in the first 36 hours of the free agency period.
The Clippers are building something great at the Staples Center. Injury robbed them of a chance to really show their credentials, but it is clear to see they have the ingredients to be a real competitor. Only time will tell what the future holds for Crawford.