NBA Rumors: Minnesota Interested In Jamal Crawford In Free Agency

APRIL. 11, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford (11)drives to the basket on Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. Crawford scored 34 as the Blazers won the game 118-110. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

If Crawford opts out, Minnesota will reportedly be one of several suitors.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will reportedly be interested in the services of Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Jamal Crawford if he opts out to become a free agent, via Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.

If Crawford becomes a free agent, he'll have plenty of potential suitors. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue Crawford, according to league sources.

Portland extended Crawford's opt-out deadline from June 15 to June 29, so he could potentially be included in a draft day trade. If the Blazers find an appropriate destination for Crawford, he will opt in to the final year of his contract, which will him $5 million. If they do not, he will explore free agency.

Minnesota certainly has a hole to fill at shooting guard, but the 32-year-old Crawford is a curious fit on a young team.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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