Jamal Crawford to Portland, Richard Hamilton to Chicago

12/15/11 in NBA   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Two of the top free-agent guards went off the market this morning. Veteran Richard Hamilton agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bulls and Jamal Crawford indicated he plans to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 33-year-old Hamilton had played the last nine seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He is still a useful player and sharpshooter, though his production has slipped in recent years. He averaged a just 14.1 points per game last season--his lowest mark since his rookie season in Washington in 1999-00.

Crawford, a journeyman guard, was sought-after by a lot of teams this offseason. Yesterday he narrowed his list to Portland and Sacramento, eliminating New York, where he previously played for the Knicks from 2004-2008, and today he selected the Blazers. Crawford is from the Pacific Northwest, so the move to Portland brings him closer to home.

Portland cleared space for Crawford by amnestying Brandon Roy, who retired recently with recurring knee injuries. Crawford won't only be replacing Roy's salary, but but will also be expected to step in and curtail the loss of production from the two-guard spot without Roy.

For his career Crawford has averaged 15.4 points per game, largely as a sixth man, over 11 seasons. Crawford's deal with Portland is for one year and $5 million.

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12/15/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Crawford is going to be a great fit with the Blazers... should be able to step in B-Roy's shoes pretty easily