Jamal Crawford admits "it just wasn’t a happy environment" in Minnesota last season

Jamal Crawford wasn't happy with his role in Minnesota last year

Throughout the summer, there have been multiple reports about disharmony in the Minnesota Timberwolves camp and Jimmy Butler's trade request this week seems to confirm that. 

The All-Star met with head coach and president Tom Thibodeau this week to inform him of his desire to move on before the start of the season. 

Butler is believed to have had disagreements with the team's young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins during the course of the year and doesn't want to wait until his free agency next summer to leave. 

One man who witnessed the goings on in the Timberwolves locker room last year was veteran Jamal Crawford. 

Negative vibes

The 38-year-old signed a two-year deal with the franchise in 2017 but chose to opt-out of his contract this offseason and look for a new team. 

One reason was due to his lack of minutes on the court but he also admits it wasn't a nice environment to play in. 

Crawford didn't enjoy the environment in Minnesota

“It just wasn’t a happy environment,” Crawford told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I thought I would be playing more before I signed.

"It ended up being the second fewest minutes I’ve ever played. Just wasn’t a fit or went like I was under the impression it would.”

The three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner played 20.7 minutes of action per game, which was the fewest since his rookie campaign in 2000-01. 

With a player option on his deal, he decided it wasn't the right fit for him in Minneapolis and walked away. 

But the 18-year man remains a free agent with the season set to start in less than a month.

The likes of the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have been credited with an interest in him but he is yet to make a decision. 

“It’s different, but it’s not the worst thing, to be honest,” said Crawford. “This is the first time where my family are not separate from the standpoint of not living together in the same city.

"I had to get the kids to school and continue with our [family] business that we have to take care of.

“For me, it’s not the worst thing in the world because I’m spending time with them. I’m just staying ready and being patient.”

With NBA training camps starting next week, he'll hope to find himself on another roster sooner rather than later.

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