Free agent Crawford goes to Portland

Free-agent guard Jamal Crawford has joined the Portland Trail Blazers.


Crawford, who was reportedly considering Sacramento and the Blazers, announced his choice on Twitter, posting “Rip city!!!”

Terms of the two-year deal were not released.

In order to make a deal with Crawford, the team used the NBA’s new amnesty clause to waive All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who announced his retirement last week because of ongoing knee problems.

An 11-year veteran, Crawford played for the Atlanta Hawks the past two seasons. For his career, the 31-year-old has averaged 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He won the NBA’s Sixth Man award in 2010.

CLIPPERS: Chris Paul endured two weeks of sleepless nights, stressful days and at least one imploded trade before he finally found a new home with Los Angeles.

The Clippers formally introduced their new acquisition on Thursday night after he spent the day at their training complex. The longtime New Orleans guard tried on his new No. 3 jersey and met with Blake Griffin and the rest of his revitalized teammates, who can’t wait to catch the four-time All-Star’s passes.

“This is not my day, by the way. This is the Clippers’ day,” Paul told an overflowing media crowd. “This is a humbling experience, and I’m so grateful and thankful to be here.”

BOBCATS: Coach Paul Silas got what he wanted – a long-range shooter. Charlotte signed Reggie Williams to a two-year contract, filling one of the team’s biggest needs.

KINGS: A recent heart exam on new Sacramento big man Chuck Hayes shows an abnormality that will require further testing. The Kings announced Thursday night that a stress echocardiogram revealed the abnormality.



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