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Report: Jamal Crawford and Celtics share “mutual interest”

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Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports that the Crawford wants to join a title contender.

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According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, there is “mutual interest” between the Boston Celtics and veteran guard Jamal Crawford.

Weiss joined host Evan Valenti on this week’s edition of Celtics Beat presented by CLNS Media and reported that the 38-year-old has interest in joining the Celtics’ already-deep bench. Here’s the quote from Weiss on the podcast:

“I know that there is mutual interest between the Celtics and Crawford. That I do know. The Celtics didn’t make an offer to him. He’s been kind of waiting for the right situation to materialize, that’s why he’s holding out until training camp, basically. I think he wants to be in position to win a championship, so he wants to sign on with one of these title teams.”

Crawford, the only player in NBA history to win Sixth Man of the Year three times, spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 10.2 points on 41.5% shooting in 80 games played. The 18-year swingman would bring a nice scoring punch off of the bench, but doesn’t present much on the defensive side of the ball. With the Celtics already having so much depth, that defensive deficiency wouldn’t pose as much of a threat if Crawford were to end up in Boston.

The Celtics currently have a full roster, however it is assumed that Jabari Bird will not be on that list come training camp following his recent arrest.

The team begins training camp next week at the Auerbach Center.