Damon Stoudamire can’t believe Jamal Crawford remains a free agent
Former Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damon Stoudamire was stunned to take a peek at the NBA and seeing no roster had Jamal Crawford in it, giving plenty of reasons why the 38-year-old should be included in one.
“Watching all kinds of preseason games and it’s crazy that nobody has signed [Crawford],” said Stoudamire in a tweet on Tuesday. “Good vet, gym rat, and always played his role! Most important thing though is he’s never been afraid of the moment when it’s on!”
Stoudamire, the former Rookie of the Year in 1996, never got an All-Star nod during his 13-year career in the league, but Crawford has three Sixth Man of the Year honors to his name, the most by one player in NBA history.
Jamal Crawford collected two of his three sixth man awards during his 30s, most recently as a 36-year-old with the L.A. Clippers, showing he’s still got the firepower to be a force to be reckoned with off the bench.
The Seattle native had a rough go last season under Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves, playing the fewest minutes in his career since his rookie season, barely scratching the 20-minute mark under a starter-heavy rotation.
The 2018 free agency period hasn’t been too kind to veteran players and Crawford has had interest from teams but hasn’t really found the right fit with any of them, still interested in a key role off the bench to help a team reach its aspirations.