Jamal Crawford is a huge addition for the Timberwolves

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 24: Jamal Crawford
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 24: Jamal Crawford /

Jamal Crawford addition is a huge addition for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The trade for Jimmy Butler is the move that got the Minnesota Timberwolves back on the map in the grand scheme of the NBA, but the newest addition to the team might be just as important to the team. ESPN reports that three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford will be signing with the Wolves.

ESPN has the following quote from head coach Tom Thibodeau on SiriusXM about Crawford. Well, kinda:

"“Obviously, nothing is final yet. We’re hopeful to get a guy like that, and if we’re fortunate to get a guy like Jamal, I think he has been Sixth Man in the league three times since 2010, that explosive-type scorer who can come off the bench, put a lot of pressure on people, and his veteran experience and the fact that he has been around and been in a lot of big games. I think we all know what he is. I love his passion for the game, and if we were fortunate enough to get him, he’d be a great fit for us.”"

That last phrase of the quote is the most important part. Crawford is a great fit for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Crawford is the piece that Timberwolves fans have been waiting on since the Butler trade and after the additions of Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson.

If you are one of the few people that struggled their way through a Timberwolves game last season, you know that the bench was absolutely horrible for Minnesota. It came to be where Tyus Jones was the best scoring option and that’s not acceptable. Jamal Crawford, obviously, makes that no longer the case.

Last season, Crawford averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 assists and played in all 82 games for the Los Angeles Clippers. Crawford averaged 3.9 three-pointers attempted and made 1.4 threes per game for a percentage of .360 from behind the arc. Overall, Crawford shot .413.

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Crawford has really thrived in recent years in a sixth man role and that is what he will be asked to do with the Timberwolves. Minnesota was in desperate need for someone that could actually hit a shot and score off the bench and that is exactly what Crawford does. His experience doesn’t hurt either for the fairly young team with Crawford going into his 18th season. Crawford is 37-years-old.

ESPN reports that the deal is a two-year deal worth $9 million with the second year being a player-option year.

Crawford might not be around for a long time with Minnesota, but he instantly helps the team get on the winning page.

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