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Lakers Free Agency Rumors: Jamal Crawford to the Lakers interest ‘dying on both sides’

That de-escalated quickly.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are definitely interested in adding some help in their guard rotation, but it doesn’t sound like they believe Jamal Crawford is an answer for the team. Rumors emerged that Crawford was interested in playing alongside Lonzo Ball on the Lakers, but that scenario seems to be fading away quickly.

Interest in making Crawford a Laker is reportedly “dying on both sides,” according to Marc Spears of ESPN. Crawford was officially traded to the Atlanta Hawks and is now working on a buyout, but the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards are now the frontrunning teams to land the 37-year-old swingman.

Following the trail, it seems clear the rumor was coming out of Crawford’s camp. The Lakers have been focused on trying to sign young wings who can either defend, shoot from outside, or do a little bit of both. Crawford doesn’t check those boxes, at best being an average three-point shooter.

Crawford’s likely a better fit as a veteran’s minimum player on a playoff team as opposed to a rotation piece on a young Lakers team. Another rumor may have come and gone for the Lakers without a signing, but this one is likely for the better.