It appears the Los Angeles Clippers have locked up their reserve backcourt for the next three years. After agreeing to terms with Austin Rivers on a three-year deal worth $35 million, Sam Amick of USA Today is reporting that the Clippers have agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract to keep Jamal Crawford in L.A. for his 17th, 18th and 19th seasons in the NBA.
Jamal Crawford is staying with the Clippers, I'm told. Three years, $42 million.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2016
David Aldridge is reporting the third year of this deal is partially guaranteed.
It was believed that a initially lower offer to Crawford coupled with the commitment to Rivers may have left Crawford feeling like he wanted to find a new home. He had several teams interested, including a reported significant offer from the Philadelphia 76ers. But Doc Rivers managed to bring Crawford back into the mix with this latest deal. Crawford has been with the Clippers, which is the sixth team of his career, for four years.
He averaged 14.2 points this past season on 40.4 percent shooting to win his third Sixth Man of the Year award and his second in the last three seasons. During his Clippers tenure, Crawford has averaged 16.2 points -- just over his 15.5 career average. He's scored over 17,000 points in his 16-year career, which places him 20th in the NBA since his 2000-01 rookie season.