After just one year playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, shooting guard Jamal Crawford will reportedly decline his player option for the 2018-19 season.
Crawford could have a few reasons for choosing to leave Minnesota. The first being, that he’s upset with his playing time under head coach Tom Thibodeau. Crawford vented his frustration to the media about his playing time during this past season. The second reason is that Crawford thinks he can earn more money signing elsewhere. Crawford would have been due 4.5 million dollars had he accepted his player option. After watching the Wolves and Crawford all season, I cannot see someone playing him more than that due to his poor defense and tendency to chuck shots at will.
Crawford served as mentor to some of the younger guys on the Timberwolves, something he’s been known to do for his previous franchises. That aspect will be undoubtably missed. On the other hand, I will not miss the poor shot selection and awful defense that has become a signature of Crawford’s game in recent years. Thank you for giving us a year of the J-Crossover experience and I wish you nothing but luck in your future endeavors.
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