Jamal Crawford, who spent 5 seasons with the Clippers, returned to Staples Center on Wednesday night with his new team and was greeted with a fitting video tribute from his former team, thanking him for his service to the franchise and his impact on the roster.
“He’s the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said of Crawford.
“I tell everybody that he’s the best teammate I’ve ever had. He always will be the best teammate I’ve ever had. He was huge for my development into a young man and as a player.”
“I hope [I had an impact],” Crawford said of his impact on the team.
“On any young player, but especially him. Our lockers were by each other. Just watching him and where he went from the situation in New Orleans and then coming here and seeing him really blossom and develop and the work he put in. Just seeing him grow off the court [as well]. Those things are always fun, and that’s rewarding.
“To know you played a small part in a piece of that is really fun.”
“When they did that montage, I made sure the crowd was cheering just because he deserves that respect as a player,” Rivers commented.
“Not just here with the Clippers, but for what he’s done for the game of basketball and the NBA man. He’s been an elite scorer and a fun player to watch for 18 years. 18 years! That’s incredible bro! And he’s still playing at an elite level. People don’t understand how special that dude is. I’m very fortunate I got to play with him.”
“He was great, I miss him a lot,” Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan said.
“He’s like a brother to me. We were together 5 years. I talk to Jamal still every day. I miss him a lot, we miss him a lot here and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Wolves’ Jimmy Butler Requests Trade
Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who the team acquired from the Chicago Bulls in a trade during the 2017 offseason, has formally requested a trade, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawcynski.
Butler met with Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss his situation, and formally requested his desire to be traded. Butler reportedly had been contemplating requesting a trade for several weeks.
Butler’s issues appear to be contractual, and not having to do with rifts with teammates such as Karl-Anthony Towns of Andrew Wiggins.
Butler has provided the team with a list of 3 teams that he would be willing to sign an extension with in anticipation of a trade.
Wolves, Luol Deng Finalizing 1-Year, $2.4 Million Contract
The Minnesota Timberwolves and veteran forward Leol Deng are finalizing a one-year, $2.4 million contract after Deng met with Wolves team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Deng recently worked out his release from the Los Angeles Lakers and had been looking for a team that would allow him to have playing time moving forward.
Wolves’ Glen Taylor Not Ready to Give Up on Andrew Wiggins
The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a busy offseason from trying to work out a new deal for Karl-Anthony Towns to having their offer rejected by Jimmy Butler, the offseason has been kind of a roller coaster for the franchise.
Heading into the 2028-2019 season, Minnesota is hoping that Andrew Wiggins can put a poor season behind him and get back to playing to his potential.
Timberwolves team owner Glen Taylor isn’t ready to give up on the young Wiggins.
“I just think you want to take a person and not give up on them when they’re that young, no matter what. I just think you have to be really careful not to give up on him,” Taylor said, during an appearance on 1500 ESPN (h/t theScore’s William Lou).
“You can look at a lot of players, and it took them three or four years to get better, and they keep getting better from the experience and the confidence. I don’t see why Andrew won’t be one of those people because he has such natural ability.”
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