Jae Crowder available for trade at Phoenix Suns

Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns, NBA Trade Rumors
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The Phoenix Suns were looking to make a big impact this NBA offseason as they were involved in the Kevin Durant draw. But with Durant and the Brooklyn Nets both agreeing to continue their partnership, the Suns will have to look elsewhere when it comes to updating the roster via trade.

This is a team with some needs with training camp starting next week. The bank could get a little boost as its second unit was below average in several categories. This put a lot of pressure on the starting five to carry the load, and it ended up becoming too much when Phoenix pulled out of the postseason in the second round.

So far this offseason, the team has lost more than it has acquired. They matched the offer sheet that Deandre Ayton signed with the Indiana Pacers, but the only player they brought in from outside the organization is Damion Lee, formerly of the Golden State Warriors.

JaVale McGee, Aaron Holiday and Frank Kaminsky departed in free agency, further weakening their second unit. If the Suns are going to make a trade to bolster this unit, Jae Crowder is someone to keep an eye on.

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According to Brian Windhorst on ESPN’s “NBA Today” show, Crowder is someone the Suns have made commercially available.

“Jae Crowder is a player that is available on the market right now,” said Windhorst

Crowder is the quintessential 3-and-D top player in the NBA today. He can play in any forward position and defend multiple positions, keeping opponents honest with his 3-point shooting prowess.

However, the Suns have a player who can do that in Cam Johnson. The difference is that Johnson is nearly six years younger and eligible for a rookie extension. Phoenix needs to see if he can handle a starting slot and an expanded role before committing long-term money to him.

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The market for Crowder may not be robust after he struggled in the 2022 postseason. But given his vast playoff experience and track record, there are likely teams out there that would try to add him to the rotation.

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