As of July 1, the NBA free agent market is officially open for business with all 30 teams in the league able to start wheeling and dealing with players in order to prepare for the 2012-12 NBA season.
One of the bigger names that will officially become available in July is 32-year-old guard Jamal Crawford. With Deron Williams and Steve Nash most likely being swooped up right out of the gate, Crawford will become the next in line in terms of being the best available player.
Crawford recently made the decision to decline his player option with the Portland Trail Blazers that was going to be worth $5 million. This was an interesting move by Crawford with the veteran guard being 32-years-old and no longer considered an All-Star caliber player. Despite that being the case, Crawford still has some value on the open market and has already attractive five potential suitors heading into free agency.
There’s been some talk of Crawford’s former team in the Atlanta Hawks showing some interest, but it might be a long shot for him to return to Atlanta in order to be a backup once again.
The five teams that have already expressed interest in Crawford with less than two weeks to go before free agency opens are the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat.
With Crawford not getting any younger, the veteran guard will be looking for an opportunity to play a role on a legitimate NBA title contender while attempting to make a decent annual salary for one to three years. That being said, the frontrunners to land Crawford are the Clippers and the Heat.
Miami will give Crawford the best chance to win a title before he calls it a career and Los Angeles will give him the opportunity to start, compete for a title and cash in. The Clippers might turn out to be the best fit with the most to offer.
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