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Isola: UFA G Jamal Crawford Drops Knicks, Down To Blazers Or Kings

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Frank Isola 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 of SI.com 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. Jason Quick 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.): Quick tweeted: "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 | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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