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Report: Atlanta, Jamal Crawford agree to buyout; Cavaliers, Lakers, others will pursue

Jamal Crawford, Marcus Smart

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, right, shoots as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 115-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Jamal Crawford was traded from the Clippers to the Hawks as part of the three-team deal that sent Danilo Gallinari to Los Angeles. Except, Crawford didn’t want to be in Atlanta, so the question was how fast the two sides could agree to a buyout (and how much of a discount Crawford would take to be a free agent.

The buyout is done, according to multiple reports.

The question now is where Crawford — still a valuable scorer off the bench, shot 36 percent from three, but he doesn’t defend much and will is 37 — will go as a free agent?

Which leads to the question, what does Crawford want most? Money? A chance to chase a ring? To play with someone specific?

He has spoken to LeBron James and is interested in going to Cleveland, although they are capped out so other teams such as the Lakers (and a host of other teams) could come in higher on a one-year deal. Minnesota is interested. The Warriors have reportedly been interested, but the defending champs could only offer a veteran minimum deal. So what matters most to Crawford, and where does he feel most comfortable?