Nearly two weeks ago, news broke that Jamal Crawford plans to decline his 2018-19 player option, which would him an unrestricted free agent. What are the pros and cons to losing Crawford?
The Timberwolves must weigh out the pros and cons when it comes to deciding whether or not they should attempt to resign 38-year-old combo guard Jamal Crawford.
For a team that doesn’t shoot the 3-ball well, losing one of the best to do it is something they can’t afford.
Jamal Crawford came to Minnesota last offseason to fill two important roles to improve the team. He was the team’s 3-point threat off the bench as well as someone who was in a leadership role. And indeed, he helped guide the Wolves back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Crawford would have been due $4.5 million next season if he opted into his second year of his initial two-year, $9 million deal. The reasons for him opting out could range from wanting more money to wanting to play elsewhere due to receiving less playing time than he expected. However, the hunt to bring back Crawford should not end for the Wolves. Also, if Jimmy Butler requests the return of the only three-time Sxth Man of the Year award recipient in league history, the Wolves may indeed go all-in to bring Crawford back.
The Wolves need help to become a better team, mostly shooting the long ball. Crawford is vital to that area and his experience is something that can’t be replaced either.
However, there were times where Crawford showed that his age may be catching up with him. There are younger players on the free agent market who will provide the Wolves with 3-point shooting just as well if not better than Crawford.
Before the Wolves have a opportunity to resign the veteran if they choose, consider these pros and cons.