With the Trail Blazers having been officially eliminated from playoff contention, focus in Portland is turning to the team's offseason plans, which include the status of Jamal Crawford. Crawford holds a player option worth about $5.2MM that he's expected to decline, and the Suns and Warriors may be among the teams that inquire on him if he hits free agency.
Speaking to Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, Crawford didn't confirm that he would turn down his option for 2012/13, but he did give an idea of his thinking if he doesn't opt in.
"If I do opt out, it doesn't mean I want to leave Portland," Crawford said. "It just means I want long-term security instead of playing on a one-year deal."
Crawford, who also added that he'd like to find a situation where he could be a starter, will have until June 15th to exercise or decline his option. As Jason Quick of the Oregonian notes, most players with options have until June 30th to make their decisions, but the Blazers negotiated the early deadline with Crawford to allow the team to have a clearer picture of its roster heading into the June 28th draft.