The Phoenix Suns are apparently leaning to move Jae Crowder after all.
As reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on the segment of NBA Today, Crowder is “available” and the Suns are “very active” to find a potential trade for him.
Windhorst further noted that he won’t be shocked if the Utah Jazz would be a soon partner for Phoenix in a Crowder transaction. It was revealed last month by Suns insider John Gambadoro that Phoenix has expressed an interest in wingman Bojan Bogdanovic.
Crowder has been in Arizona for the past two years, averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 67 games for last season.
He has an expiring contract worth $10.2 million this approaching 2022-2023 season. As such, this makes him prone and surrounded by frequent trade noises all offseason long. With 3-and-D presence a commodity now in today’s NBA, the 32-year-old Crowder could gain several intents from rival organizations.
A potential Crowder trade could give the Suns a lot of flexibility to sign Cam Johnson on a rookie scale extension. But still, the team brass will likely look into capitalizing the veteran’s value just to strengthen Phoenix’s current state as a title contender.