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NBA Free Agency 2011: Jamal Crawford Eliminates Knicks, Considering Kings, Blazers

Free agent guard Jamal Crawford will reportedly choose between either the Sacramento Kings or the Portland Trailblazers after telling the Knicks on Wednesday that he was no longer considering their offer

Crawford's agent gave the Knicks the news on Wednesday. New York was fighting an uphill battle in their pursuit of Crawford as they were only able to offer a $2.5 million salary. Crawford turned down a two-year $10 million offer from Indiana on Tuesday.

Portland's offer is thought to be in the same neighborhood as Indiana's but has the advantage of being located close to Crawford's Seattle home. Sacramento has the cap space to make an even better offer for Crawford but seems like an odd fit with Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and rookie Jimmer Fredette already on the roster. Earlier this offseason, the Kings re-signed Thornton to a five-year $40 million contract. 

Crawford told the Seattle Times that it wasn't so much the dollar amount but the fit with the team that was most important. It's kind of everything," he said. "Honestly, it's not really the money so much. It's the fit, how I see myself fitting in that situation. Like I said, they're really good situations."

If Crawford chooses to sign in Sacramento, then he may have a hard time explaining the above statement to Portland and New York. 

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