Sure, there are anonymous reports, but maybe the best sign things are getting close to a Jae Crowder trade comes from the man himself.
The Suns have been looking for a Crowder trade since last summer but have yet to find a deal that worked for them, it’s hard to find a trade sending out a win-now player and getting the same thing back (the Suns don’t want picks and prospects). That may be about to change according to multiple reports.
There have been some credible rumbles this week that the Suns have made progress on finding a trade resolution to the Jae Crowder saga. Crowder's cryptic IG story appears to address to feed into that notion …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 17, 2022
Word is the Suns appeared close to finalizing a three-team trade involving Jae Crowder prior tip-off tonight against Golden State. https://t.co/VTRjU3HBRu
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) November 17, 2022
The question is where would Crowder be traded?
The Miami Heat have interest and a need for a veteran at the four, but a deal has never been close with them. The recent reports of the Suns demanding Max Strus be part of any trade — which is a non-starter for the Heat — may have been a last shot by the Suns to get the Heat to up their offer. The only way a Heat trade works is if the Suns take on Duncan Robinson, but then Phoneix would have to send out another rotation player — someone such as Cameron Payne — to match salaries, and that’s not going to happen. No deal was likely with the Heat until after January, unless there is a three-team trade in the works (something that has been rumored, with Robinson heading out or Miami).
There have been multiple reports of the Bucks having interest in Crowder, and a trade can work with Grayson Allen going to Phoenix (plus maybe a pick or minimum contract). But would the Bucks do that? Do the Suns want Allen? Crowder is said to prefer a trade to Miami or Atlanta.
Crowder can give a team solid minutes at the four, spacing the floor from the corners, playing physical defense, and being someone the coach can trust in the postseason. Both the Bucks and Heat are looking to fill a P.J. Tucker-sized hole in their lineups, and Crowder fits that role.
It would be the first trade of the season, and while his getting delt isn’t a surprise — he’s demanded a trade and been away from the team — there has been plenty of interest around a landing spot.
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