After the Suns tried to sneak in Jamal Crawford for a visit on Friday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that he has officially signed the dotted line.
Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro reported on Sunday that Crawford was offered a 1-year contract worth $2.4 million, the NBA’s veterans minimum.
Crawford has agreed to a one-year deal with the Suns, league sources said. Crawford provides Phoenix with much-needed established leadership and production in backcourt. https://t.co/EGQpIEmqcq— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 15, 2018
Crawford last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 20 minutes per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the field. Now going into his 18th season and eighth team, Crawford will be tasked to defer on offense to the likes of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Josh Jackson while providing much-needed veteran leadership to De’Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo.
This means that if the Suns’ application for a Disabled Player Exception for Darrell Arthur ends up getting declined, Phoenix will now have to waive three players (Arthur would be one of those). The two most likely candidates on the edge of the roster bubble are these four players: Shaquille Harrison, Isaiah Canaan, Troy Daniels, and Davon Reed. At the moment, you could make a case for any of them getting cut.
Meanwhile, three other teams are still waiting to trim down their rosters before the 2 p.m. PT deadline: Detroit, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers. If the Suns are willing to give up the future first-round pick via Milwaukee for Patrick Beverley, which is likely to convey in 2020, maybe that could get it done. Another name who makes sense is Milos Teodosic, who is familiar for Igor Kokoskov.
After this news, we just sit and wait around for the next shoe to drop any time now. What do you think is next, Bright Side Of The Sun readers?