Larry Bird wasn’t willing to offer much to sign free agent Jamal Crawford.
And Bird won’t be getting Crawford, according to Indianapolis Star beat writer Mike Wells.
Jamal Crawford has turned down the Pacers 2 yr, $10 million down offer, according to a source
This isn’t altogether shocking. Bird offered Jamal a salary that was less than half what he made last season. At 31, coming off a year in which he was less productive than he had been since 2003, Jamal couldn’t have been expecting to make $10 million per year ever again. Particularly not if he expected some team to give him three- or four-year guaranteed contract.
But he certainly could not have been prepared to accept a short, two-year deal (the second being a player option) that would make his salary lower than it has been at any point since 2004. It’s hard to believe anyone who had other offers would be impressed by the eagerness with which Bird tried to sign Crawford.