New Blazers Crawford and Smith join team

New Blazers Crawford and Smith join team

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by ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

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Posted on December 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 22 at 4:23 PM

PORTLAND -- Jamal Crawford says that when he was growing up in Seattle he used to sneak into the SuperSonics' facilities. There, he'd scrimmage a bit with guard Nate McMillan, who would give the 16-year-old tips on his jumper.

Crawford, a free agent who played last season in Atlanta, now plays for McMillan.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard agreed to two-year deal with the Trail Blazers on Thursday. He was introduced at a news conference on Friday, along with another Portland free-agent acquisition, forward Craig Smith.

Crawford, who won the NBA's Sixth Man award in 2010, will help fill the void left by the departure of three-time All-Star Brandon Roy. Crawford is expected to be an offensive spark for the second unit in Portland.

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