CRAWFORD CHOOSES WOLVES
After meeting in the NBA Finals for three straight seasons, the Warriors and Cavaliers were in another duel this summer when both came calling for Jamal Crawford.
To the surprise of many, Crawford chose the Minnesota Timberwolves instead.
Crawford signed a twoyear deal worth that will pay him more than $4.2 million this season.
Griffin, Clippers a “no-brainer.”
Blake Griffin signed a max five-year deal to stay with the only NBA team he has played for in his seven-year career.
Griffin quickly made a decision to re-sign for about $175 million.
“I want to say how excited I am to be back. This has been my home since I was drafted. A lot went into this decision,” Griffin said. “In the end, I realized this was a no-brainer for me.”
Porter highest paid Wizard.
WASHINGTON» Otto Porter is now the highestpaid Wizard after the team matched a four-year, $106.5 million max-contract. Guard John Wall was named third-team all-NBA this past season, and the point guard is eligible to sign a $160 million, fouryear super max contract any time before the 2017-18 season begins. Wall will not become an unrestricted free agent until 2019.
Suns extend GM McDonough.
PHOENIX» Suns owner Robert Sarver has extended the contract of general manager Ryan McDonough through the 2019-20 season and hired longtime NBA player James Jones as vice president of basketball operations.
The Grizzlies have signed guard Mario Chalmers, nearly 1½ years after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon playing for the team. … The Celtics have signed free agent center Aron Baynes. … The Jazz signed forward Royce O’Neale.