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REPORT: Jamal Crawford Wants To Join the Lakers

Jamal Crawford was dealt to the Hawks in a three-team trade this week, but is expected to reach an agreement on a buyout and become a free agent. The 37-year-old reportedly doesn’t want to leave Los Angeles and is looking to join the Lakers. The Lakers are also said to have “strong interest” in the three-time Sixth Man of the Year. With a lot left in the tank, Crawford would bring instant scoring and leadership to this young Lakers squad and would be a great mentor for Lonzo Ball. Via ESPN:

With his family based in Los Angeles and a solid relationship already in place with Ball, Crawford would like to sign as a free agent with the Lakers.

The Lakers have strong interest in signing Crawford as well, a source said, and have the money to do so. The Lakers will have $17.2 million in room if the cap holds of Thomas Robinson, Tyler Ennis, Nick Young and Metta World Peace are released.

Crawford could possibly start at shooting guard for the Lakers and be a big help as a mentor and shot-maker for the assist-creating [Lonzo] Ball.

While Crawford is intrigued by playing for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, they don’t have much left to offer financially. All they have to offer a free agent is a $5.2 million midlevel exception.

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