Hawks waive Jamal Crawford after acquiring him in trade

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, center, goes to the basket in between Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba, left, and center Tarik Black, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Ryan Kang/AP)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have waived Jamal Crawford after agreeing to a buyout of his contract.

The Hawks acquired the three-time Sixth Man of the Year from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a three-team trade that included Denver. With the Hawks apparently entering a rebuilding era, Crawford will be able to sign with a contending team if he’s not claimed.

Crawford thanked the Hawks in a tweet on Friday for allowing him to become a free agent.

The veteran guard had played in Atlanta from 2009-11 and was the league’s top sixth man in 2010.