Posted June 15, 2012

Jamal Crawford, Portland Trailblazers guard, will test NBA free agency

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Jamal Crawford, the Portland Trailblazers guard and former NBA Sixth Man of the Year, will test free agency this off-season. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

Jamal Crawford, the 2009-10 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, will become a free agent this summer and expects “a lot of teams out there with a lot of interest,” he told Seattle television station KING on Thursday:

“I’m a free agent, so I’m excited about what’s there moving forward,” Crawford said when asked about his future. “There will be a lot of teams out there with a lot of interest. I’ll sit back after July (free agency begins July 1) and see what happens.”

Crawford, 32, signed a two-year contract for $10 million with the Portland Trailblazers in December 2010. He has an opt-out clause in the contract that will allow him to sign elsewhere after his first year and forgo the final $5 million owed to him by the Blazers. If he does leave Portland this off-season, his next team will be his sixth NBA team in 12 years.

Crawford, who surpassed Reggie Miller in 2010 for the the most four-point plays in NBA history, shot 38.4-percent overall and 30-percent from three in his first season with the Blazers. He averaged 14 points per game last season but averaged 26.9 minutes per game, his lowest since the 2003 season when he played for the Chicago Bulls.