Crawford will decline his 2018-19 player option and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports. Crawford is opting out of his $4.5 million deal to test free agency waters this offseason. The 38 year-old played in 80 contests this past season, averaging 10.3 points while shooting 41.5 percent. Crawford proved he is still a valuable scoring threat off the bench and is looking to cash in on his solid season.
Crawford produced 20 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston. Crawford had himself a nice game to finish what has been somewhat of an underwhelming season for the veteran. He was able to score the basketball when given the opportunity but given the obscure rotations of the Wolves, his time on the floor was inconsistent at best. His role next season remains unclear and if he does return there is no reason to believe he can ever be more than a scoring streamer in deeper leagues.
Crawford contributed 15 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 26 minutes during Minnesota's 104-101 loss to the Rockets during Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Crawford's contributions off the bench were particularly valued on a night when Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler mustered just 21 points between them. The veteran guard was a valuable source of offense on the second unit throughout the regular season, and given his savvy and considerable postseason experience, he figures to serve as a valued presence throughout the entirety of the Timberwolves' postseason run.
Crawford contributed nine points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one rebound and one block in 20 minutes during Thursday's 100-96 loss at Denver. Crawford has lately struggled shooting the ball after scoring in double figures in seven straight games from Mar. 18 to Mar. 30. The former Michigan star is converting 36.8 percent of his shots during his last two games. Still, the 37-year-old just keeps chugging along during his 14th NBA season and he is averaging 10.6 points per game for Minnesota.
Crawford scored 24 points (11-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt) while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes off the bench during Friday's 93-92 win over the Mavericks. Thirteen of his points came in the fourth quarter, as Crawford led a comeback for a T-wolves squad that couldn't get out of its own way in the first half. The veteran guard has scored in double digits in seven straight games, averaging 15.7 points, 2.4 assists and 2,0 three-pointers over that stretch, and Crawford could be poised for a big kick to the finish line as he gets ready for the postseason.
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