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The Timberwolves Will Acquire Jamal Crawford As They Search For Extra Shooting Help


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The Minnesota Timberwolves have been busy this offseason. On the night of the NBA Draft, the Wolves agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls that brought Jimmy Butler to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. After sending Ricky Rubio to Utah, the Wolves responded by bringing in Jeff Teague to run the point.

Put those two alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and Minnesota seems like the kind of team that could make a big jump next season. Really, their biggest issue is a lack of shooting, but on Saturday, the Wolves took a stab at fixing that problem by acquiring Jamal Crawford. The news that the two sides were talking was broken by Yahoo’s Shams Chanaria, while Chris Haynes of ESPN confirmed that Crawford would end up in Minnesots.

Chanaria brought word of the terms of the deal, which will keep Crawford in Minnesota for two years.

Crawford has had a busy offseason in his own right — he was traded from the Clippers to the Hawks in the three-team deal that sent Danilo Gallinari to Los Angeles, and after the news of this deal came out, Crawford started working on a buyout.

This is an interesting move for the Wolves, as Crawford won’t have to play a ton but his role on the team is important. While he’s definitely taken a step back over the last few years, he connected on 36 percent of his attempts from downtown last season. Crawford should get a ton of open looks in Minnesota, and if he can knock them down, he should make a serious impact for the Wolves.

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