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Report: Cavs Expected to Pursue Jamal Crawford After Buyout

Contrary to reports from earlier this week, the Atlanta Hawks are expected to reach a buyout agreement with Jamal Crawford after a three-team trade goes through between the Clippers, Hawks and Nuggets.

Crawford was reportedly interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers if his contract was bought out, but according to Marc Spears of ESPN, the interest is “dying” on both sides.

Mike Scotto and Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders later reported the Celtics and Bucks are in the mix, as well, and the Lakers are not completely out of the conversation.

Joe Vardon of later reported that Crawford reached out to LeBron James and the shooting guard is “very interested” in joining the Cavs.

The most Cleveland could offer Crawford is the $5.2 Mil. mid-level exception.

All of the interested teams can offer more money than the Cavs, so Crawford would have to take a paycut to compete for a championship in Cleveland.

Prior to a buyout, Crawford, 37, is due $14.2 million in 2017-18 and has $3 million guaranteed in his contract for 2018-19.

He averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 assists while playing in all 82 games in 2016-17.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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