Free Agent Rumors: Crawford, Ellington, Bjelica, Williams

The Sixers are interested in veteran free agent guard Jamal Crawford, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Crawford could fortify a bench that has lost Ersan Ilyasovaand Marco Belinelli since the start of free agency. Crawford, 38, averaged 10.3 PPG in 20.7 MPG for the Timberwolves last season. The Pelicans, Cavaliers, Warriors and Nuggets are also reportedly in the mix for Crawford, who opted out of his contract with Minnesota and left $4.54MM on the table.

In other news regarding the free agent market:

  • Unrestricted free agent shooting guard Wayne Ellington has drawn significant interest but he’s viewed as a good bet to re-sign with the Heat, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports tweets. Miami has a cap hold of $8.15MM on Ellington, who appeared in 77 games and averaged 11.2 PPG in 26.5 MPG while shooting 39.2% from long range.
  • The Jazz have a strong interest in Nemanja Bjelica, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune tweets. The Timberwolves pulled their qualifying offer to the power forward in order to sign Anthony Tolliver, thus making Bjelica an unrestricted free agent.
  • The Knicks are interested in Alan Williams if he clears waivers, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. The Suns waived the power forward/center on Monday. The Knicks have also reached out to free agent power forwards Amir Johnson and Trevor Booker, Berman adds.
  • Williams hasn’t ruled out a return to the Suns but his agent has already heard from a handful of teams interested in his services, according to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic. Williams, who appeared in only five games last season due to a knee injury, had a non-guaranteed salary of $5.5MM for next season and will likely get through waivers.
  • The Lakers have renounced their free-agent exception rights to guard Andre Ingram and power forward Travis Wear, according to the RealGM transactions log. The Lakers had a cap hold of $1.338MM on Ingram and $1.5MM on Wear. Ingram appeared in two games with Los Angeles last season, while Wear saw action in 17 games.
  • The Suns renounced their free-agent exception rights to center Alex Len, according to the RealGM transaction log. The Suns had a $7.96MM cap hold on Len. He appeared in 69 games last season but became expendable when they drafted Deandre Ayton.
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8 thoughts on “Free Agent Rumors: Crawford, Ellington, Bjelica, Williams

  1. stretch123

    So glad to hear Ellington will be back with the Heat. If I was the Lakers though, I’d try to get him on a one year deal… He’d be lethal next to LeBron.

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  2. formerlyz

    Wow I’m on fire with a lot of these lol

    I dont feel like Jamal Crawford is a fit in Philly

    Bring the man with the golden arm back to Miami

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    • I give no fox

      How is Crawford not a fit for the sixers? I think it’s an ideal pairing. Second unit needs a legit shooter. He can slide into the Bellinelli role

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      • FromTheCheapSeats

        Agreed. And he’s a guy that is just fine if he gets five minutes on any particular night.

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      • formerlyz

        They drafted multiple combo guards that can shoot, and play within the offense, most of which are better defenders than Crawford

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  3. jerseyjoehaven

    Who cares if the league is going to stay this way. The fans are seeing this and are starting to move on. Why spend hard earned money on something that is already set up for one team to win with no other having a chance. The league & players might not see it now but with fans turning off of something that is set up for GSW to win year after year why put money into it advertiser’s will see and cut the money going to the league that pays the contracts.

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    • People bemoaning the lack of competitiveness/parity as some type of fatal issue for NBA right now: The Kings arena is currently packed for meaningless summer league game in early July for peek at Fox/Bagley. There’s so much energy in so many fanbases right now, title shot or not. 

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