It appears that the Phoenix Suns are taking their time to further evaluate the offers for Jae Crowder in the market.
In his first media availability on Tuesday as the franchise’s president of basketball operations, James Jones revealed that there is “nothing new” about their trade saga with Crowder, as the Suns are still looking for the “right fit” with suitor teams to officially land a transaction.
“Just haven’t been able to get a deal done,” Jones said, per PHNX’s Gerald Bourguet. “It’s the NBA, right? Timing, there are there aren’t any perfect times. Like, there’s no window where they say ‘Hey, all deals are done here.’ We have natural deadlines, like the trade deadline, where you usually have a flurry of deals, but other than that, it’s just finding the right fit, and we just haven’t been able to find that yet.”
Crowder, who filed his intentions to be traded last offseason, has been out of the Suns’ team activities ever since this season’s training camp. As such, reports suggest that even though he is out of the current competitive basketball, the veteran is still working and conditioning himself to remain in shape and be prepared for a new chapter with another team.
The one, recent update which can be concluded as a close one for both sides was back on Nov. 17, when Marc Stein provided that Phoenix had made progress about the Crowder sweepstakes. Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports, for his part, has detailed that the Suns nearly pulled a three-team trade before the club opened their match against the Golden State Warriors on the said day.
With Cam Johnson remaining shelved due to his meniscus tear, it is clear that the Suns could capitalize on Crowder in their trade talks to look for another wing replacement. Currently, both Mikal Bridges and Torrey Craig have been shouldering a major workload of the Suns’ frontcourt, and having another forward can only serve as a needed insurance and serviceable enforcer.
With the season still too early, the Suns seem not in a hurry to fully navigate themselves in closing their book with Crowder, as the club is comfortably sitting at the West’s top seed with a 14-6 sheet.