The Clippers, who'll meet Tuesday with Jamal Crawford, plan to make him an offer for the $5MM mid-level exception, and will offer Chauncey Billups a one-year, $4MM contract, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. The team is also eyeing center Ryan Hollins.
Crawford will be offered at least three years in the deal, Turner writes, though the mid-level allows the Clippers to offer a fourth. The Celtics, Suns, Sixers, Timberwolves and Pacers have also reportedly made contact with Crawford, who averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 assists and put up a 15.7 PER for the Blazers this year.
Clippers star Chris Paul identified retaining Billups as his top priority for the team, but the Lakers have also expressed interest in the veteran point guard coming off an Achilles' tendon tear. Billups put up 15.0 PPG, 4.0 APG and a 16.1 PER in 20 games this past season. The Clippers may have room for both in their backcourt rotation, with Mo Williams traded to the Jazz and Randy Foye also a free agent.
Hollins could get either the minimum or the team's $1.957MM bi-annual exception, according to Turner. Hollins split time between the Cavs and Celtics this year, averaging 3.4 PPG and 2.1 RPG.