Over the course of his 18-year NBA career, Jamal Crawford has played for 18 different head coaches on seven different teams.
Last season, he recorded 10.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.7 minutes per contest over 80 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Overall, he shot 41.0 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from three-point range and didn’t make a huge impact in coach Tom Thibodeau’s system.
In fact, Crawford averaged his fewest minutes per game since his rookie year.
Now an unrestricted free agent, Crawford could be a solid veteran piece for any contending team. After all, he hasn’t won a championship yet and is on the very tail-end of his career.
However, it doesn’t seem like he will chase a ring.
“You look at my career, when the fit was right, I contributed on the court. … I know people that care for me want me to win (an NBA title), but I don’t know if my career will be defined by that,” he told Percy Allen of The Seattle Times.
When selecting his next team, he made it clear that fit will be his number one concern.
Fit over ring-chasing
“Fit is first and foremost when I’m thinking about where I’ll play next,” said Crawford, who reportedly wants to continue playing for two-to-three more years. “Last year, I may have made the mistake of not thinking fit all the way through.”
Crawford made it clear that he doesn’t care only about money at this point in his career. After all, he declined a $4.5 million player option for next season in order to leave Minnesota.
Per Basketball-Reference.com’s database, he has made a whopping $119,295,271 in salary alone in his career. It’s clear that he will value an opportunity to have a substantial role over playing a small role on a contender.
Last week, he told Brandon Robinson on Scoop B Radio that he would be “honored” to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.
“I’ve always loved coach Brett Brown. I’ve been on record. I’ve been a fan of his for years. He just needed talent, and now he has that. He added Ben Simmons, I love his game. I love Jojo [Joel Embiid]. They’re both among my favorite players in the league to watch. Markelle [Fultz] is like a little brother to me. Obviously, he went to the University of Washington, and we talk every other day. J.J. Redick is like a brother to me, we’ve been through wars together, so there’s so many things to love about Philadelphia for sure,” he said, per Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops.
In addition to Philadelphia, the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards or Detroit Pistons could be possible fits in the Eastern Conference while the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder or Dallas Mavericks could seemingly be interested in Crawford’s services. All of those teams would most likely benefit from his scoring ability off the bench, as they have some backcourt depth concerns.
All in all, Crawford will continue his impressive and lengthy career wherever he thinks he can make a difference if the interest is mutual.