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Blazers G Jamal Crawford Talks NBA Trade Rumors

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Some soundbytes from Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford, who has been the subject of trade rumor after trade rumor in advance of Thursday's deadline. Some quotes from a Monday afternoon interview with John Canzano on 750 AM The Game. Audio link here. --------------------------------- "[My agent] does tell me that your name is out there a lot. The thing I respect about him, he's very honest. He said, 'Your name is out there a lot, it has obviously to do with the contract.' With some people saying that, 'He's going to opt out anyway, you might as well get something for him.' "But the thing about the opt out clause is this: even if I just opted out, it's just the business part of that. If I opted out, that doesn't mean you want to leave the place you're at, it's just the business part of it. You may look for a long-term deal or a new contract. "Just as when I signed with Portland on the business side, all the money they had was the money they had, and they created a little bit more with Brandon [Roy] retiring. That was their business side of it. "It's not like 'He wants to leave.' Or this or that. It just gives you options at the end of the season. People have asked me about the opt out, I kind of took my mind off of it. If I'm thinking about the opt out already in the middle of the season, I'm doing Portland a disservice. I'm going to do the best job I can do as long as I'm here and I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. "I just want to be somewhere that's stability. If you look at all the situations, people say, 'He's been on so many different teams.' I was drafted by Chicago and I played their four years. I signed with New York because that was the right business deal at that time. I stayed their 4.5 years. The only reason they traded me was to free up money for the 2010 free agency class. They traded myself and Zach Randolph on the same day. I went to Golden State and he went to the Clippers. I was a casualty of war with the whole 2010 free agency. They needed to clear up money. I get it, no hard feelings. "I go to Golden State, then I get traded to Atlanta. I win Sixth Man of the Year, we go to the playoffs, we average 50 wins, I'm the second leading scorer on the team. Their situation was all their money was tied up with Marvin [Williams], Joe [Johnson], and Al [Horford] and Josh [Smith] and all those guys. It was nothing personal. "Then I came here and I found myself in trade rumors again. I guess this has just been my journey. For me, I just have to stay professional and do the best job I can no matter where I'm at." --------------------------------- Quote from Joe Freeman of The Oregonian from practice here. --------------------------------- "At the end of the day, I chose to come here," Crawford said. "I want to be here. I don't know how to approach the situation, honestly. I haven't talked to anybody in the organization. I'm just trying to stay ready for whatever. Hopefully we can finish what we started. If not, well, it's a business." --------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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