of the New York Daily News reports
that unrestricted free agent guard Jamal Crawford has ruled out the New York Knicks.
His other reported remaining finalists
: the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. Sam Amick
reported that the Kings have offered a deal worth $6.5 million while the Blazers have offered $5 million.
A league source with knowledge of the discussions confirms that Crawford is down to Portland and Sacramento. Says that Portland should be considered the favorite but notes that Sacramento has a "real shot" if their financial offer trumps Portland's as reported. A decision is expected fairly shortly.
Mechanically, a source says, Portland can exercise its amnesty clause while on a trade call or free agency call with the NBA. There isn't a set amount of lead time necessary prior to the waiver.
of The Oregonian reports
: "No appointment scheduled yet with independent doctor for Brandon Roy regarding Disabled Player Exception. Tells me high probability Blazers amnesty him by Friday."
As noted last night
, it took the NBA three weeks to approve a DPE for center Greg Oden last year.
Meanwhile, Adrian Wojnarowski
of Yahoo! Sports reports
that another rumored Blazers backcourt target
, Reggie Williams, has signed a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats worth 2-years, $5 million.
Update (4:30 p.m.):
: "Jamal Crawford texts that he is still undecided. My sense is he is leaning toward Sacramento. Style of play is a big factor for him."
Update (8:47 p.m.)
: Crawford has exchanged innocuous tweets with Blazers guard Wesley Matthews. Quick tweeted
: "He's still mulling decision between Portland and Sacraento. He's really torn. Can't tell if decision will come tonight."
ed: bumped to top
-- Ben Golliver | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter