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Updated: March 14th, 2012 11:29pm
Sources: No deal yet, but Jamal Crawford expects to join Timberwolves

Sources: No deal yet, but Jamal Crawford expects to join Timberwolves

by Darren Wolfson
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Jamal Crawford wasn't relegated to the bench for all of Wednesday night's Blazers-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden so he could leer at Kate Upton courtside or trash talk with Spike Lee.

The Blazers, not wanting to risk injury, held out the two-guard because a trade is coming before Thursday's 2 p.m. deadline.

According to a source close to Crawford, the belief is he'll become a Timberwolf, with forward Michael Beasley going to the Los Angeles Lakers and point guard Steve Blake heading to the Blazers along with a possible draft pick.

As of late Wedneday night, no deal had been agreed to yet.

A separate source went so far as to suggest Crawford has already thought about whether he can wear the No. 1 jersey with the Wolves.

Bottom line: Crawford is hopeful the deal goes through.

The Wolves came very close to signing Crawford in December and now realize how desperately they need a two-guard who can put the ball on the floor. Too often with wings Martell Webster and Wesley Johnson on the court together, the ball movement is limited because neither is dynamic when attempting to get to the hoop.

That, along with an ability to perform in crunch time and be a high-volume scorer, are traits Crawford would bring.

Crawford has a player option on his contract for next year of $5 million.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to
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