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with many ties to wolves, crawford's arrival almost inevitable

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with many ties to wolves, crawford's arrival almost inevitable

sometimes in life some things just seem meant to be, and for 18-year nba veteran jamal crawford, finally playing for the timberwolves feels like one of those situations.a former michigan standout who played once at williams arena, crawford’s pro career started in minneapolis six months later when he was the eighth player selected overall — picked by cleveland, traded to chicago — in the 2000 nba draft held at target center that summer.through the years, two wolves management teams expressed interest in him. early in his career, kevin mchale and flip saunders were intrigued by the kind of scoring talent that eventually helped crawford win three sixth man of the year awards since 2010 and sought him in trades.in 2012, david kahn and rick adelman nearly made a trade-deadline deal with portland for crawford. they also chased him in free agency that summer before he signed with the los angeles clippers.now his career is right back where it started those many years ago, after the clippers traded him to atlanta last week in a three-team deal. the hawks then granted crawford’s request for a contract buyout that allowed him to agree to a two-year, $8.9 million contract to play for the wolves.“the ties with minnesota always have kind of been there,” crawford said. “it’s come full circle now, and the stars lined up at the right time.”superstar lebron james recruited him to sign with cleveland, and crawford acknowledges he could have chased a ring with the cavaliers or ...