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Jae Crowder: His potential trade destinations

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It seems that Jay Crowder The era of the Phoenix has come to an end. Last week, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Suns discussion of deals involving Crowder. While there was no mention of a split or a trade request, Crowder later suggested there might be one when he retweeted a tweet about the start of Suns training camp and said, “99 WILL NOT BE THERE.!He subsequently deleted the tweet, but Shams Charania of The Athletic later confirmed that Crowder really won’t show up for training camp as the Suns are looking to trade him.

Crowder is a good two-sided flank that has proven to be one of the best 4th or 5th options in offense. He provides a lot of space and the opponent’s defense can’t leave him open for three. He can be fickle, but when he’s hot, it’s very hard to beat his team. He also brings a lot of durability and versatility to the defense and is also capable of guarding larger players. Only with Salary $10.2 millionThere should be many applicants for the 32-year-old forward.

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Here are some teams that could use Crowder and make him reasonable offers.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavaliers responded to their below-average offense from last season by acquiring Donovan Mitchell, but it made their 3-man insecurities more important defensively. They should be able to manage during the regular season, but their lack of defensive versatility could create problems during the playoffs. They have no assets to acquire And Anunobi type and most likely not for anyone like Dillon Brooksbut they could get Crowder.

Cleveland is only $2.5 million. below luxury tax and ideally they would like to avoid it this season to delay their repeater clock. Phoenix may want to replace Crowder with another flanker and one of Isaac Okoro or Sedi Osman gets Cavs mostly where salary wise. Perhaps it’s too early for them to give up on Okoro, so Osman seems like a more logical candidate to replace Crowder. Osman and other type salary Dylan Windler or Lamar Stevens works with an increased partial guarantee.

Philadelphia 76ers

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The 66ers are limited in the amount of wages they can get back because they are hard capped. For example, Boyan Bogdanovich they would have been a great fit for them, but they couldn’t have gotten his $19.55 million salary while remaining under a hard cap without parting ways with one of their top five highest paid players. They don’t have that problem with the potential acquisition of Crowder, and bringing him in will add more 3D firepower.

Matisse Tibull role in Philadelphia can now be marginalized with the addition PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Meltonas well as Daniel House. However, he is one of their best trading assets outside of the main rotation as they are unable to trade first round picks right now. Tybull could have been a crucial defensive player for the Suns, though his three-point shots could have capped his minutes. Thybulle pack and another payroll filler like Furkan Korkmaz or Georges Niang might make sense.

If the Suns don’t want Tybull, maybe they can reroute him to the third team and bring back the veteran forward. For example, perhaps the Spurs would be interested in Tybull by sending the Suns a veteran like Josh Richardson or Doug McDermott.

Charlotte Hornets

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The Hornets were one of the worst defensive teams last season. Steve Clifford might be the answer to this. Unfortunately, they have not improved their staff and, if anything, they are even less versatile in this respect with Miles Bridges out of sight. They could really use Crowder to help in tough matches and also bring some level of defensive leadership to this young team.

Thanks to a large number of goals in the backcourt, as well as the appearance Cody Martinexchange involving Kelly Obre because Crowder could make sense. Aubret flourished with the Suns and had his best statistical season across the board in his only season with the Suns. Monty Williams. They traded him to Oklahoma City as part of their package for Chris Paul in 2020, but perhaps a reunion could be considered.

Other commands that could use Crowder

Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez
Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez

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It is reported that the Suns interested last season in acquiring Thaddeus Young but this never came to pass. He’s currently with the Raptors, and while he and Crowder overlap a lot, it’s possible the Suns want to get their longtime target and Crowder wants to leave. The Raptors are loading all-around forwards, so Crowder should fit in, but they may need a sweetener given the Suns are rushing to make a deal.

The Mavericks’ successful defense last season depended on tough minutes for Dorian Finney-Smith as well as Reggie Bullock. While their workload should be lighter during the regular season once they’ve gotten healthier and roster bigger, Finney-Smith and Bullock remain their only true defenders. Adding Crowder to the mix would help them a ton, but closing a deal can be tricky. Will the Suns be interested in a shooter like Tim Hardaway Jr. in exchange for Crowder?

Speaking of shooters, it has been reported that Miami is interested in reuniting with Crowder, but the trade is difficult at the moment. Beyond their big three Duncan Robinson is their only trade-eligible player, with a salary big enough to get someone like Crowder, but his contract could make him undesirable for the Suns. It’s unlikely that Crowder will be on the roster closer to the trade deadline, but that would be a more realistic time for the Heat to be able to acquire him when they could trade recent free agents such as Victor Oladipo as well as Caleb Martin.

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The story originally appeared on HoopsHype.


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