Jamal Crawford Re-Signs with Clippers: Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford gestures after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Free-agent guard and reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford will return to the Los Angeles Clippers for at least one more season in 2016-17. The team announced he would be returning to Los Angeles on Friday, per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register

Sam Amick of USA Today reported on July 3 that Crawford and the Clippers agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $42 million.

The 36-year-old veteran has been a key part of the Clippers' core over the past four seasons, but the team didn't advance past the conference semifinals in any of those years. That's led to a landmark offseason in L.A. as it tries to climb higher in the stacked Western Conference.

Given Los Angeles' need to win now, it's not a surprise the Clippers brought back Crawford. He averaged a healthy 14.2 points per contest during the regular season and also shot 90.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Crawford showed he's still capable of filling it up on the big stage during his most recent game in a Clippers uniform, too, scoring 32 points in a 106-103 playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crawford has explosiveness and is an excellent ball-handler, which helps offset the mileage he's racked up during his lengthy NBA career.

Having a mentor as experienced as Crawford will also be invaluable to the continuing development of Austin Rivers—who agreed to a three-year, $35 million deal to return to the Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical—and whoever else gets into the mix in the Clippers backcourt.