Per Shams Charnia of The Vertical, the Timberwolves plan to sign shooting guard Jamal Crawford to a 2-year, $8.9 million deal, with a player option on the second year.
Crawford, who played all 82 games last year with LAC, is the first step in rounding out the remainder of the wing core on the bench. His production has dropped off a bit in recent years with age, and his defense is suspect (to put it kindly), but his ability to score the ball off the bench will come in handy on nights when he’s on.
In short: On some nights, the artist formerly (and still occasionally) known as J-Crossover will be the scoring spark off the bench the Wolves need. Other nights, he will be a liability on both ends. Ultimately, it’s a cheap, short deal with some upside for a team with playoff aspirations.
The Wolves still have work to do. There’s still another wing they’ll need to acquire to fill out their core (CJ Miles?). While Crawford is a VERY willing three point shooter, Tom Thibodeau still could use another off the bench. We’ll see how he decides to tackle the remainder of the roster heading into 2017-18.
Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a vid of one of Crawford’s better games of least season.