Thursday , Jan , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Jamal Crawford to Opt out and Sign Long-Term with Warriors?

"It’s definitely tough and it tests your patience for sure," he said. "But it’s easy to walk away and give up and say ‘I’m just going to go to a team that’s already been there before, at least I can say I am on a winner now.’ But it’s a bigger challenge to say ‘I think it can be more gratifying if you can turn something around that’s not expected to do anything.’ I think there’s more satisfaction in that."

Crawford will have an important career decision this summer, whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract, totaling nearly $20 million, in favor of free agency.

"When you have something like that, that doesn’t mean you jump ship, it means you can still use the opt-out clause and re-sign, but there’s different options," he said. "My first and second choice is to be here. They traded for me, and I think they really believe in me. When they traded for me it was for the long term, it wasn’t just for the rest of the season."