Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Team ‘still in the mix’ for Jamal Crawford

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The Atlanta Hawks on Friday afternoon in an expected move agreed to a buyout with veteran guard Jamal Crawford.

In light of the sudden availability of Crawford, Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers are still pursuing the former two-time Sixth Man of the Year. 

It had been previously reported there was mutual interest between Crawford and the Lakers to work out a possible deal if the Hawks indeed bought out of his contract. However, the emergence of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the picture as one of the front-runners to sign the 37-year-old with LeBron James reaching out to him. 

Despite the drop his production, Crawford is still a proven scorer coming off a campaign where he played in all 82 games for the Los Angeles Clippers while averaging 12.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. 

His addition to the roster would bring a much-needed veteran presence in the locker room and shooting to the backcourt to fill the void left by the departure of Nick Young.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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