NBA free agency rumors: Jamal Crawford signs 1-year deal with Suns

Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists per game with the Timberwolves last season.

Jamal Crawford (#11) in action against David West during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors.   -  Getty Images

The Suns may be moving closer to adding a guard. Phoenix Suns has offered Jamal Crawford a contract, according to a report from an Arizona radio station. The deal is worth the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million, the report says.

The Athletic, citing a league source, reported Monday that Crawford agreed to terms with Phoenix on a one-year deal. Suns interim general manager James Jones told the station last week the team was interested in Crawford.

“I like Jamal. I know him personally. He’s a great player, he’s a great guy,” Jones said.

“Those are the types of players that we will look towards as we go through the season. Jamal is a name that — a guy that we’re looking at. He’s someone that we’ve expressed interest in, one of many names.”

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Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists per game in 2017-18, his lone season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He opted out of his contract with Minnesota in early May.

Crawford, an 18-year veteran, has won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award three times in his career. His best season came in 2007-08 when he averaged 20.6 points and five assists for the Knicks.

The Suns reportedly has been looking to acquire a guard since it sent Brandon Knight, along with Marquese Chriss, to the Rockets in early September in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.

Phoenix will open the regular season on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

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