It was a special offseason for Phoenix Suns veteran Jae Crowder, with the prospect of a trade away from the franchise that has been bubbling for months.
Now the idea seems even more concrete, with ESPN Brian Windhorst outlining the Suns’ plans for Crowder, and the player most expected to take his starting role, Cameron Johnson.
Although Jae Crowder could currently find himself on the trading block, he is only expected to be moved by the Phoenix Suns in two specific scenarios.
After speculation that Crowder wanted to leave the Suns, largely due to his social media activity, Windhorst officially announced that the 32-year-old was indeed on the trading block.
“They are doing business, they are in trade negotiations right now. Many of them center around Jae Crowder. Jae Crowder is an available player on the market right now… There’s a chance they’ll make a deal where they’ll make more money… It wouldn’t surprise me if the Suns get involved in the negotiations for Bojan Bogdanovic.
Crowder had a sluggish season in 2021-22 but was instrumental in the Suns’ rise to a championship contender during his two years with the franchise. There’s no doubting his value as a winning player, with Crowder himself responding to a tweet from StatMuse on this specific point.
It’s for this reason that the Suns should be wary of dealing Crowder just for fun. There are really only two reasons why he should be moved – Ideally it’s to acquire a player like Bogdanovic or an equivalent/better player. The other reason, negative and unlikely, is for Crowder to become a locker room problem and a disruptive presence throughout training camp and preseason.
Fortunately, Windhorst’s comments seem to suggest the Suns are looking to move on from Crowder, rather than just trade him as a cost-cutting measure.