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Clippers up the ante; Jamal Crawford is all in

Clippers up the ante; Jamal Crawford is all in

If at first you don’t succeed, make a better offer.

The Clippers retained the heart of their second unit on Sunday after vastly improving their proposal to Jamal Crawford. 

The star sixth man agreed to a three-year, $42-million contract after an initial smaller offer had left him hesitant about a future with the team.

A previous proposal of one year and $12 million had given Crawford reason to mull other offers, especially after the Clippers had agreed to give Austin Rivers — a backup guard with a far lesser pedigree — a contract for three years and $35.7 million.

Ultimately, Crawford stayed put with the...