Report: Clippers extend offer to Jamal Crawford, eyeing Chauncey Billups and Rockets’ Courtney Lee
The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly extended an offer to Portland Trail Blazers free agent Jamal Crawford following their meeting on Tuesday, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times reported that the Clippers’ would use their mid-level exception on Crawford:
The Clippers plan to offer Crawford the mid-level exception that starts at $5 million. The Clippers are willing to offer Crawford, a 6-foot-5 guard, at least a three-year deal, sources said.
He is still considering a number of teams, according to Spears, including Minnesota, Philadelphia, Memphis and Phoenix. The Clippers, meanwhile, are scheduled to meet with Boston Celtics free agent Ray Allen on Friday.
Turner said in the report that the Clippers will also offer a one-year contract worth $4 million to their point guard, Chauncey Billups, who played in only 20 games last season because of a torn Achilles tendon.
The Clippers also have interest in guard Courtney Lee, who was told on Tuesday that he will not be receiving a qualifying offer from Houston, where he played last season. Lee will become an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team on July 11.
According to another report from Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times, Lee, 26, now has interest from a number of teams:
Multiple reports said that the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards also have interest in Lee.
He could be a low-risk signing for a team looking to add depth in the backcourt. Lee, who made $2.2 million last year for the Rockets, averaged 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals in 58 games last season, 26 as a starter. He shot 40-percent from three last season and 43-percent overall.
Clipps had a positive meeting w/Jamal Crawford in LA today & made a contract offer,but hes still considering MIN, PHL, MEM, PHX, source says—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 04, 2012