The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves have shown strong interest in trading for Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford, reports CSNNW.com‘s Chris Haynes (via Pro Basketball Talk‘s Kurt Helin).
Crawford averaged 14 points per game off the bench last season, his first with Portland. The 32-year-old Crawford has played 12 seasons in the NBA and won the Sixth Man of the Year award for the 2009-10 season for his play off the bench with Atlanta Hawks.
Boston and Philadelphia, both playoff teams this season, likely want Crawford to add an extra scoring punch to their second units.
Haynes reports that Minnesota was close to acquiring Crawford before the trade deadline. The Timberwolves have also reportedly wanted to add veterans to their young roster. On Tuesday, Minnesota traded the No. 18 pick in the draft to the Houston Rockets for forward Chase Budinger.
Crawford can opt out of his contract until Friday, and if he isn’t traded by then, he is expected to do so and become a free agent.