Jae Crowder Trade Odds: 27% Chance Heat Acquire Forward
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The Phoenix Suns didn’t come to an agreement on a contract extension with Jae Crowder. So Crowder took his ball and went home. Despite being under contract and apparently healthy, Crowder hasn’t played for the Suns all season.
With the NBA trade deadline looming on Feb. 9, no player is more clearly on the trade block than Crowder. The question is, does any team believe he’s worth the trouble adding a malcontent who refused to play out his own deal or who left after being told he would be coming off the bench?
Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his NBA futures odds as to Crowder’s team for the stretch run of the NBA season.
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The Suns don’t want Crowder (they explored trading him this past summer), and Crowder doesn’t want to be with the Suns. Phoenix is just 24-24 as Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton have all missed significant time to injuries. Crowder, meanwhile, has missed time because he thinks he deserves an extension and is essentially forfeiting his $10 million salary for 2022-23 for it.
In 10 NBA seasons, Crowder has played for seven different franchises. Last year in 67 games he averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while shooting just under 40%. He hasn’t played this year but has been training in Atlanta waiting for the phone call telling him where he’s going. So far, no trade.
The deadline puts the heels to the fire for teams, however. Teams that need a defensive stalwart – a poor man’s Draymond Green, perhaps – may consider Crowder as a big part of a possible championship run. That is, if they think Crowder is NBA-ready from a conditioning standpoint after voluntarily refusing to play for so long.
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Some NBA general managers may not want to bother with a player who took this approach, but some teams reportedly remain interested.
The Heat, our NBA betting frontrunners, and Hawks have inquired about Crowder for over a month, with the Bucks getting into the mix more recently. Three weeks ago, Crowder was part of a three-team trade that would have sent the former Marquette standout back to Milwaukee, but it fizzled late.
All three of potential suitors are Eastern Conference contenders looking for help in the stretch run and beyond. Phoenix has held up any moves by seeking playoff-caliber talent in exchange.
The Pacers have been a surprise on the offensive end but are bottom-10 on defense, and especially poor without PG Tyrese Haliburton (injury). Crowder toughens up a young team looking to make a mark.
Speaking of a team in need of physicality, the Nets could use a forward to take some of the pressure off their frontcourt and add a level of toughness.
The Field includes a slew of possible surprise teams that could be in the market for a player like Crowder, including the Bulls, Grizzlies and 76ers.