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Jamal Crawford almost became a Bull again last season

Jamal Crawford spent the first four seasons of his career with the Chicago Bulls.

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The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Chicago Bulls, 94-89, on Tuesday, as Jamal Crawford returned to the city where he played his first four years in the NBA.

Crawford left the Bulls after the 2003-04 season and has since played for the Knicks, Warriors, Hawks, Trail Blazers and Clippers. Crawford had 10 points and five assists in 31 minutes in the Clippers' win on Tuesday.

Crawford told Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago that he had conversation with coach Tom Thibodeau about returning the Bulls last offseason but was looking for more security in terms of years, and the Bulls were only willing to offer a one-year contract.

Crawford is averaging 17.5 points per game off the bench for the Clippers this season, which is second on the team behind Blake Griffin's 18.1 points. Crawford is shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and 38.7 percent from three-point territory, which are his best marks since the 2009-10 season.