Jamal Crawford has not given up hope on playing a 20th season in the NBA.
If and when the NBA season resumes, the three-time Sixth Year of the Man is hoping a team will sign him and he’s staying prepared with that idea in mind.
“I’ve been training as if I’m playing,” Crawford told ESPN. “I work out every single day. I was working out today actually and I’ve always loved it. I know I can help, in some regards, in some capacity.”
The Seattle native, who just turned 40 in late March, last played for the Phoenix Suns in 2018-19. Last season, he averaged 7.9 points and 3.6 assists on 39.7 percent shooting in 18.9 minutes per game.
Nearly a year ago, Crawford dropped 51 points on the Dallas Mavericks. He became the oldest player to score 50 points and the first-player ever to score 50 points with four different franchises.
Jamal Crawford drops 51 points and passes Michael Jordan for the most points scored by someone 39 or older. 👀😳 pic.twitter.com/d4X8MESEKB— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) April 10, 2019
Crawford could potentially aid a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, who he last suited up for during the 2011-12 season. In Rip City, he averaged 14 points a game and posted a career-high 92.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Before the NBA suspended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portland sat 29-37, ninth in the West, and just 3.5 games back from the eighth and final playoff seed.
Crawford’s veteran presence and offensive productivity in limited minutes make him a valuable player to count on, especially a team looking to make a late-season run.
Over his 20-year career, Crawford has also suited up for the Clippers, Bulls, Knicks, Warriors and Hawks.
Crawford doesn’t know if he’ll ever get another opportunity to take the court for the NBA again, but don’t count him out if a team comes calling.
“Hopefully, I’ll get another chance to get back out there, but I’ll be ready for sure,” he said.