Wolves G Crawford reportedly declines option, to hit free agency

(Reuters) Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford declined a $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent in July, Yahoo Sports reported yesterday.

Crawford joined the Timberwolves last season after considering returning to the Los Angeles Clippers while also drawing interest from the Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

He averaged 10.3 points per game in 20.7 minutes per game with Minnesota last season.

Crawford, 38, said he had interest from the Lakers last summer but he opted not to wait for the team to make a decision. Crawford’s family remains in the L.A. area

Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, is likely to draw considerable interest as a scorer off the bench.

The Clippers were able to fill Crawford’s spot with Lou Williams, who turned in a better-than-expected season and averaged 22.6 points per game.

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