Many people would have anticipated that the team would have resolved the Jae Crowder issue in Phoenix by now. That’s partially the case.
Crowder is still untraded in the middle of the 2022–2023 NBA season. The veteran forward hasn’t been on the court for any of the Suns’ first 12 games this season because he refuses to play for them, and it doesn’t look like that will soon change.
Crowder would need to be removed from Phoenix’s possession by a team. Over the offseason and into November, one Eastern Conference team is frequently mentioned in connection with the seasoned forward.
Once more, it appears that the Miami Heat could host a potential Crowder reunion. Miami is “among the teams Phoenix has reached base with on a potential Crowder deal,” according to a source.
However, a potential trade may not be happening anytime soon. Begley reports that some people in Phoenix believe Miami star Max Strus to be “integral” to any payout from a deal involving Crowder. According to a source, the Heat would be reluctant to trade Strus in any agreement.
Crowder would be a reliable, experienced addition to a Heat club hoping to win a title. The seasoned player averaged 28 minutes on the court each game last year while starting 67 games. He averaged nine points a game and made 35 percent of his three-point attempts throughout that period.
Crowder played in 20 games for Miami during the 2019–2020 season. The seasoned player averaged 11 points per game and made 45 percent of his three-point attempts. He was even more effective in the scoring category during the playoffs, scoring 12 points per game in 21 postseason games with the Heat.
It’s improbable that the Eastern Conference foe of the Philadelphia 76ers would switch Strus for Crowder. Strus developed into a vital reserve player for the Heat over the past season as his playing time has grown, even though the latter brings more experience to the table.
It should be considered that the Heat and Suns will make a trade. In reality, the Heat’s front staff will continue to hunt for moves to make as they expect to compete for a title once more, so the rest of the East will be monitoring it over time. Crowder is still available for trade.