Minnesota’s tremendous offseason continues. It first began with acquiring Jimmy Butler via trade, then signing free agents, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, who will likely start at point guard and power forward respectably. Now, Jamal Crawford, who recently got bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves in free agency.
Crawford, who is going into his 18th season, still has a lot of value as a player off the bench. He has been awarded the “Sixth Man of the Year” three separate times. Crawford, who has been a proficient scorer for most of his career, averaged a reasonable 12.3 points last season coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers. Still, age can be a factor and with Crawford turning 38 next year, he may have trouble matching his numbers from last year. Crawford did prove to be durable last season, playing in all 82 games.
Minnesota fans can only hope that Crawford can do what he has done for most of his career: contribute with solid scoring off the bench and provide a spark when he comes into the game.