Heat rumours: Jae Crowder put on trading block after fueling heat rumors

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Miami Heat’s Jae Crowder #99 reacts with Duncan Robinson #55, Jimmy Butler #22 and Kelly Olynyk #9 during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Finals

The Miami Heat have been linked with a reunion with fan-favorite forward Jae Crowder on several occasions now. However, Crowder is also doing his part to help fuel rumors that he is returning to South Beach. The former Heat forward recently pinned a comment on his Instagram page encouraging the Heat to bring him back. The pin comes after a number of cryptic social media posts that some said hinted at Crowder’s desire to be moved from the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona desert.


Jae Crowder available for trade

While Crowder’s possibilities were widely rumored throughout the summer, Brian Windhorst has confirmed that the Suns are in fact buying the veteran forward. On the September 19 episode of ESPN’s NBA Todaythe insider confirmed that Crowder is available on the NBA Trade Market.

“They have been very active over the past week. They do business. They are in trade negotiations right now. Now, a lot of them center around Jae Crowder. Jae Crowder is available in the market right now. Will or will there not be a deal for it to materialize before today and next week’s trade deadline? That’ll have to wait and see, but Jae Crowder is a guy in the final year of his contract and you know there’s a chance they could get a deal done that would bring in more money and Bobby [Marks] and the people I talk to don’t feel like the Suns are afraid to keep spending,” said Windhorst. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the Suns got involved in the negotiations for Bojan Bogdanovic from the Utah Jazz who is available on the market right now. There are several teams vying for him. Also, they are negotiating based on what I’ve been told with Cam Johnson on a long term contract extension it won’t affect this year’s salary it will be for the future but it indicates they are looking to invest long term in another player.


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Even with Crowder available, what it would take to trade for him remains unknown. The Suns are reportedly interested in participating in the Bojan Bogdanovic contest and may try to include Crowder in those deals. When it comes to players the Heat could offer the veteran forward, the name that continues to be included in rumors is Duncan Robinson. Would the Suns be interested in the shooting and spacing he could provide to their second unit? Crowder wouldn’t deserve a bigger deal than that. Maybe a player with an advantage like Omer Yurtseven, but the Heat are probably hoping to keep him. At this point, even with all the ties, it’s hard to see a way to close the deal.


Potential replacement for PJ Tucker

How much urgency the Heat can place on a Crowder discussion could hinge on how they feel about filling PJ Tucker’s role after he leaves this offseason. Crowder is another tough-nosed defensive big man who could slip in and play a role similar to Tucker’s. Currently, Caleb Martin is set to slip into the role. The Heat are said to have faith in Martin and what he can bring to an expanded role, but it’s unclear how effective he will be or if this is the right role for the forward. If Miami is hesitant or doubting Martin, maybe they could be more aggressive in pursuing Crowder now that he’s officially on the Suns’ trading block.

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