The Phoenix Suns have made it something of an open secret around the NBA that they are willing to trade Jae Crowder.
It is less a personality or fit issue, and more of a money issue.
“They’re conducting business,” Brian Windhorst said of the Suns recently.
“They’re in trade negotiations right now. A lot of them are centered around Jae Crowder. Jae Crowder is a player that is available on the market right now… Jae Crowder is a guy in the last year of his contract.”
According to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, three squads are currently interested in perhaps making something happen for Crowder: the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
“The Heat are looking for help at the four after P.J. Tucker left and have interest in Crowder,” he wrote.
“Miami could send back more shooting to Phoenix in the form of Duncan Robinson. However, to make that work the Suns would have to throw in another player — Cameron Payne or Torey Craig — and would likely want a pick or rookie Nikola Jovic from the Heat as well.
“Boston is looking for depth at the four after the ACL injury of Danilo Gallinari and would have Crowder interest, but it’s very difficult to make the salaries match in a trade that would work for Boston. New York also has been rumored and would put Cam Reddish in any trade. However, they would still need to throw in more players to make the salaries match.”
Any one of the Heat, Knicks or Celtics would make sense for Crowder – though he would probably be more impactful in Miami or Boston.
New York is too far removed from championship contention to really maximize what a guy like Crowder brings to the table.
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Crowder is obviously something of a controversial figure. But he plays his role fairly well.
Where will he ultimately end up by the time the 2022-23 NBA season rolls around?
Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.