Jamal Crawford has played in the NBA a long time -- 18 seasons, in a career that started with the Bulls and has also seen him play for the Knicks, Warriors, Hawks, Trail Blazers, Clippers and Timberwolves -- and one thing has eluded him: A championship ring.
That's why, as his playing days near an end, he's looking to hook on the with a team that has a chance to raise a banner.
Enter the Celtics.
The Athletic's Jared Weiss, on a CLNS Celtics Beat podcast with Adam Kaufman, said there "is mutual interest between the Celtics and Crawford. That I do know."
The 6-foot-5 guard -- a three-time recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award (2010, 2014 and 2016, the only player in history to win the honor three teams) and the 2017-18 Teammate of the Year award winner -- has "been kind of waiting for the right situation to materialize," said Weiss. "He wants to be in a position to win a championship, and so he wants to sign on with one of these title teams . . . He's really valuable for playoff teams that . . . just want to have somebody to carry them for a couple minutes in the third quarter or something like that. And I think he can still do that to a certain degree."
The Celtics, said Weiss, are looking at Crawford because they're "always looking for more 3-point shooting. That's always something that they're going to value. They have a good amount of it, but they always can use more and they probably do need more."
The Crawford conversation begins at the 40:32 mark of the podcast.