Lakers, Warriors reportedly among teams interested in Jamal Crawford

Lakers, Warriors reportedly among teams interested in Jamal Crawford

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Three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford will play a 19th season in the NBA when the new campaign comes calling next month.

It’s not yet decided where that will be after Crawford suited up for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.

But according to ESPN’s Marc Spears ht Clutch Points, the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are among the teams interested in the 38-year-old guard.

Golden State’s interest was documented during the summer. Once the team added DeMarcus Cousins on its midlevel exception, those rumors died down. Crawford would have to sign for the veteran minimum to join the defending champs. The same goes for Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Based on this report, it’s clear that Crawford wants to sign with a championship contender. The veteran averaged 10.3 points and shot 33 percent from distance last season.

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When LeBron James signed with the Lakers he knew what he was getting into. In fact, he liked what he saw even before he got there and now the team signed several more players.

“I love the young guys that they have,” James said, via ESPN.”I believe Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss have done an unbelievable job of reshaping what the organization should be, keeping Dr. Buss’ dreams and what he was all about, to keep that going.”

Kyle Kuzma is one of those young guys and could be a key running mate to James over the next four years. He isn’t letting the compliment go to his head though.

“LeBron is a Mount Rushmore player in NBA history, so for him to say he’s a fan of my game is a great compliment,” Kuzma said, via NBAm. “But you also have to take it with a grain of salt, because you don’t want to get caught up in that. For me, it’s great, I love it, but keep working. Keep letting him love my game.”

The Lakers drafted Kuzma in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft alongside Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. It was Kuzma, though, who got all the attention as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate as he averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 2017-18.

Los Angeles improved by nine wins last season and much of that had to do with their 2017 draft class. The Lakers now believe their 2018 free agent class, i.e. LeBron James, is going to make a marked difference. Kuzma knows he and his team are in a position to make a move.

“It means we’re going to win now,” Kuzma said. “Everybody, not only me, has to step it up. For me, I just want to be a great player, and that’s what it’s going to take. I’ve always been a self-motivated guy for basketball.”

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