NBA free agency 2017: Jamal Crawford plans to sign two-year deal with Timberwolves

Former Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is expected to sign a two-year, $8.9 million deal with a player’s option with the Timberwolves once he clears waivers, according to The Vertical.

Crawford, 37, will als was waived by the Hawks after being involved in a three-team trade this offseason that gave the Clippers Danilo Gallinari from the Nuggets.

The former No. 8 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds a game last season, shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.

He is the only player to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award three times, and set the record for the oldest player to achieve the honor, doing so at 36 in 2016. He will join Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague, all of whom were acquired by Minnesota this offseason.

In his last fully healthy season in 2014, he finished third in MVP voting, followed by an eighth-place finish in 2015. It’s often forgotten because of the injuries, but Griffin is genuinely one of the NBA’s elite when he’s on the floor.

Those injuries, though, provide some real downside for this deal. In late 2015, Griffin tore his quadriceps and had to miss four weeks. Then he broke his hand in an altercation with a Clippers’ staff member in early 2016. In late 2016, he had minor surgery to repair his right knee. In the playoffs this year, he injured the plantar plate in his right big toe, and his status for the start of 2017-18 is still somewhat unknown. Can he finally put together a fully healthy season like he did in 2014?

That’s the major question here, not talent. This re-signing is a move the Clippers had to make, but the jury is out on whether we will look back on this as the right decision for the franchise due to factors that can’t be predicted. jets_007

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