Minnesota Timberwolves Eyeing Guard Jamal Crawford, Looking for Own "Big Three"

Joshua MoeschlCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 06:  Jamal Crawford #11 of the Atlanta Hawks against the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Phillips Arena on May 6, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With NBA free agency now upon us, we can let the speculation fly. The Timberwolves are one of the young, up-and-coming teams in the NBA. 

Kevin Love is just scratching the surface of his immense talent and now second-year players Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio are looking like they will be strong starters in this league. 

Trying for the "Big Three" concept that has worked in Boston, Miami, and San Antonio, the Wolves would have their own version in Love, Rubio, and Crawford. D-Will will be a nice complement to those guys.

The biggest weakness in the Wolves' game this past season was clearly at the shooting guard position.

Now a player the team has coveted for a while is seemingly interested in becoming a cornerstone of the offense. Portland's Jamal Crawford has been on the Timberwolves' list for a while now, and attaining his services is now a very real possibility. 

He is 32 years old, but the Wolves don't need him to be a star for ten years. They need solid production from the two-guard position for the next four or five seasons. Crawford can do that. 

Sure, he can be frustrating when he is having an off night, and points are hard to come by, but the fact is that he is still an elite-level scorer.  He shoots 41 percent field goals for his career, and is at 35 percent from three. Those are numbers that can help the Timberwolves.

Jamal knows joining Minnesota would benefit his game, and his chances at an NBA title while his career winds down. "I don't see why I wouldn't be interested in playing there," Crawford said, via Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune. "I think my agent has been in contact with them. I haven't had a chance to talk to them. If they have interest in me, then I have interest in them."

The Wolves have a lot of young talent, and Crawford can add a veteran presence. The addition of Jamal makes the Wolves a legitimate playoff contender next season. 

Derrick Williams had some explosive offensive games last season with no training camp or coaching. Same story for Malcolm Lee and Ricky Rubio. These three guys have all the potential in the world, and are in a great coaching system with Rick Adelman and Jack Sikma. 

With the addition of Crawford, if the Wolves can sign him, the shortest player in the starting lineup would be 6'4". Being young helps, adding length can do wonders.