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The Milwaukee Bucks are being viewed as frontrunners to land Jae Crowder.

As told by Yahoo! Sports’ Jake Fischer on the latest episode of his Please Don’t Aggregate This podcast last Thursday, the Bucks are being perceived by league circles as the most likely landing spot for Crowder.

“The only other thing I really feel comfortable sharing and confident sharing is that people around the situation have said that Milwaukee is the most likely team to land him,” Fischer said. “I can say that.”

On Wednesday, it was reported by Marc Stein that there were “credible rumblings” that the Phoenix Suns have made key progress about their trade scenario with Crowder, with Fischer following up that the club nearly finalized a three-team deal.

Since the previous month, the Bucks have been a consistent suitor for Crowder, who remains away from the Suns’ team activities after mutually agreeing to a divorce. Grayson Allen has been rumored a trade candidate who could entice Phoenix to pull the trigger.

Milwaukee is perhaps looking for a defensive-minded wing to acquire this season, evident from their interest in Crowder. Potentially gaining his 3-and-D presence allows the club to form a flexible small ball five lineups that feature Giannis Antetokounmpo at the center – a reminisce of what they had with P.J. Tucker back in their 2021 championship run.

The estranged veteran is approaching this 2022-23 season as the final year of his three-year, $28MM deal he signed with the Suns back in 2020. He averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 boards, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in 67 games last season.