An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Reports: Clippers lock up Crawford, Billups
The battle for Ray Allen looks now to be a two-horse race.
According to several reports, the Clippers, who were originally scheduled to meet with the NBA's three-point king, canceled their meeting with Allen after agreeing to sign both Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups.
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Crawford's deal is for three years and $15.7 million. Billups, according to Turner, is expected to sign a one-year deal worth approximately $4 million.
Crawford, 32, is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro. He shot just 30.9 percent from three, averaging 13.9 points per game for a woefully dysfunctional Portland Trail Blazers team.
Likewise, Billups will be entering next season with a big question mark: the veteran point guard suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season that will likely keep him out of action for the first couple of months of the season.
Allen, meanwhile, is meeting with the Miami Heat today. After, he'll likely be mulling offers from them and the Celtics. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld tweeted that Allen is currently leaning toward jettisoning the northeast for South Beach, citing sources.
Allen, Crawford and Billups are ranked 15th, 27th and 59th in Newsday's free agent rankings, respectively.