Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest reported that Jamal Crawford has opted out of his contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and will become a unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports Jamal Crawford has officially sent his letter to the Portland Trail Blazers making him an unrestricted free agent.“I wanted to experience free agency truly for the first time,” Crawford told CSNNW.com. “The last two years I’ve essentially played on one-year contracts and I can’t do that to my family anymore. I want a multi-year deal.”
The 12-year guard will make his first true splash in free agency after signing a two-year $10 million deal with the Trail Blazers in December. Crawford averaged 13.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2 rebounds with Portland and had a player’s option worth $5 million in his second year.
The Trail Blazers and Crawford’s agent, Andy Miller, both agreed to extend his option deadline from June 15 to June 29, one day after the 2012 NBA Draft. Trade rumors have floated around with Crawford’s name attached to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns.