Apr 21, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford (11) dribbles the ball up the court during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-89. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Jamal Crawford Signs New Deal With Clippers, Chauncey Billups Joins Him

The Los Angeles Clippers are already hard at work firming up a team for the 2012-13 season. They are expected to sign guard Jamal Crawford to a four-year deal and keep Chauncey Billups.

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Chauncey Billups Signs 1-Year Contract To Return To Clippers, According To Report

One of the big moves the Los Angeles Clippers made prior to the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA seasons was the acquisition of guard Chauncey Billups. Although Billups was only able to play in 20 games for the Clippers before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury, it appears as though he will return to the team for at least one more year.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that the popular veteran will be returning for the 2012-13 season. Billups is expected to sign a one-year deal with the team on July 11. The contract could be worth up to $4.3 million if Billups successfully reaches all bonuses.

Billups was a definite impact player during his time on the court with the Clippers and brought a much-needed veteran presence to a young team. The Clippers will be hoping to benefit from his leadership over a full season this time.

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Jamal Crawford Receives Contract Offer From Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers met with Jamal Crawford on Tuesday and wound up offering him a contract, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

No financial terms are yet known, but with at least four teams also pursuing him, Crawford will certainly receive competitive offers. In Los Angeles, he would be able to play with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but neither might be too happy to see a career 40.8 percent shooter on the court with them. He shot 38.4 percent from the field this past season, his worst since shooting 38.6 in 2003-04.

Crawford signed a contract last December with the Portland Trail Blazers and had an opt-out clause in it for the second year, which he chose to exercise.

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Jamal Crawford Says He'll Opt Out Of Blazers Contract, Re-Enter Free Agency

Shocking no one, Jamal Crawford told a Seattle TV station that he plans to opt out of his 2012-13 contract with the Portland Trail Blazers and re-enter free agency in July. Crawford signed a one-year deal with a second-year option in December. The team fell apart due to injury and a poorly masked decision to tank at the trade deadline. Nate McMillan, the coach who helped recruit Crawford, was also canned at the deadline. Crawford's close friend and fellow Seattle native Brandon Roy was waived due to injury before the season even began.

Crawford had suitors in the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves before choosing Portland in December. Chances are that he could end up in Minnesota, which still lacks for a productive two-guard or much in the way of bench scoring. Other teams looking to augment their offense could also turn to Crawford in July.

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