of Yahoo! Sports reports
that Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Crawford signed a 2-year, full mid-level contract with a player option for 2012-2013 back in December.
During Friday exit interviews, Crawford kept his options open rather than committing to opting out but it's been reported for months that he wants to test free agency.
of The Oregonian reported
that Crawford has until June 15 to officially decide. Crawford said on Friday he wouldn't wait until the last moment to announce his decision.
Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said on Friday that he would be comfortable going into next season with Wesley Matthews and Elliot Williams at the two guard position and that Williams was ready to be a full-time backup two.
Update: As noted by DrScience in the FanShots
, Crawford has confirmed the report to Chris Haynes
"Yeah, I'm opting out," Crawford told CSNNW.com. "After talking with my agent, it was a no-brainer. The whole plan all along was to secure a one-year deal so I could hit the market again this offseason."
Note: My apologies, as I'm tied up with playoffs stuff this weekend. I will update this post and others with quotes from exit interviews ASAP. Nothing was particularly Earth-shattering from Friday. There's a few hours of tape to process and transcripts will likely go up by Monday. Thanks for your patience.
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