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Jamal Crawford spotted at Suns HQ, James Jones confirms interest

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The 18-year vet is still looking for a job. The Suns might be in the market for some help off the bench.

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It’s obvious the Suns are in need of some backcourt help, but I don’t know if many expected this to be a route they went down. Jamal Crawford, who most recently played one year for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was spotted inside Talking Stick Resort Arenaon Friday whole James Jones was meeting with the media.

Last season, Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 2.3 assists in 20.7 minutes per game while shooting 33.1% on three-pointers.

Crawford is visiting the Suns after talks with the San Antonio Spurs didn’t gain much traction following Dejounte Murray’s season-ending ACL injury, per Jabari Young of The Athletic.

The 38-year-old journeyman, who’s won Sixth Man of the Year three times, would fill an end of the bench role, likely supplanting Troy Daniels if he’s eventually signed. Crawford would at least bring some semblance of playmaking, and it could be noted how his presence alongside Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, and Tyson Chandler would pay dividends for the young core.

Crawford originally signed in Minnesota, because he wanted to help elevate players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins into the playoffs after Jimmy Butler was dealt there from Chicago.

Following Friday’s press conference, interim GM James Jones confirmed on 98.7 FM that Crawford was indeed in the building.

This move is a head-scratcher until we know what the next move will be, or if Crawford even signs on the dotted line anyways. The most logical point would be a veteran mentor for Elie Okobo and De’Anthony Melton, but is Crawford really the best option they could get in the building?

Stay tuned to Bright Side of the Sun as we will keep you updated on the Crawford situation, plus the Suns’ still up in the air point guard situation.