Perrenial Sixth Man of the Year contender Jamal Crawford has been in the NBA for a whopping 17 years. Of those 17 seasons, he’s played in the playoffs in seven of them.
Despite this, Crawford has never won an NBA championship.
So if J-Crossover decided to sign with Cleveland or Golden State this offseason after being bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, no one would have blamed him.
Instead, Crawford opted to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year, $8.9 million deal after being involved in the three-team trade that sent Danilo Gallinari to Los Angeles and Paul Millsap to Denver.
After this somewhat questionable decision, Jamal has explained what made him sign with Minnesota in a recent interview with The Star Tribune. Crawford also admitted that LeBron James did try and convince him to come to Cleveland.
“[The Timberwolves] showed they were serious, trying to get things done right away. I felt like the time is right. I felt like I could fit. At this point of my career, I could easily chase a championship. I’m not saying we won’t compete, but it’s not about that. I want to take the journey and go through the wars with these guys. The Cavs, they’ve been there. Those guys know what it’s like to be in the Finals and win a championship. The Warriors, same deal. If I went there and let’s say we happen to win, what’s next? Sometimes it’s more gratifying to help teams go from one point to another point,” Crawford said.
“That’s the challenge. That’s what so fun about it. What if you went to the movies and knew how it ended when the movie started? It’s exciting because nobody really knows what we can be,” Crawford continued.
Crawford will be commanding a bench of a Minnesota team that added Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson this offseason. The Timberwolves will definitely be a team to watch out for in the West this season.