Confusion Surrounds Blazers' Offer To UFA G Jamal Crawford


Tuesday evening, Jason Quick of The Oregonian reported that the Portland Trail Blazers made a 2-year, $10 million offer to unrestricted free agent guard Jamal Crawford citing his agent, Andy Miller. That offer would only be possible if the Blazers used the amnesty clause on guard Brandon Roy. Quick also reported that the Blazers had begun the process of applying for a Disabled Player Exception for Roy, which would give the team access to a 1-year contract at the mid-level ($5 million), another option that Miller said had been discussed in talks with Portland. Late Tuesday night, Sam Amick of reported that Portland's offer is worth $5 million for 1-year, while the Sacramento Kings have offered $6.5 million for 1-year, citing a source close to Crawford. Portland's offer could be made via a DPE, if granted by the NBA, or via recovering a full Mid-Level Exception by using the amnesty clause on Roy. Amick reports on Twitter that a 1-year deal is "all Jamal wants." Currently, without a DPE approved or Roy amnestied, the maximum the Blazers could offer Crawford on a 1-year deal is $3 million. Earlier Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers reportedly made Crawford a 2-year, $10 million offer with a team option on the second year, which Crawford reportedly rejected. That offer was later reported to be "overstated" by Marc Berman of the New York Post. The only number that everyone seems to agree on, for now, is that the New York Knicks have offered a 1-year deal worth $2.5 million, the maximum they are allowed using a room exception on a 1-year deal. The Knicks could offer a second year or a player option at the same number if they wanted. Update: Alan Hahn of Newsday reports that there is indeed a 2-year, $5 million offer from the Knicks for Crawford. Update: Quick reports on Twitter that Crawford "says Portland is 'right there' with New York and Sacramento. He's torn and genuinely undecided. Crawford says he is looking for a 2-year deal with the chance to opt out after one year... His criteria in deciding team will be style of play, where the team is going, and how he fits with the coach. [He] doesn't know exact Portland offer, but he wants short-term deal because it allows more options for next summer when more teams have cap room. He doesn't know if he will make his free agent decision on Wednesday, but expects to within next couple days." His full post here. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter