The Phoenix Suns are facing a situation ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season that could require them to trade Jae Crowder, a player who has shown to be a helpful wing contributor during their ascension to title contention.
Crowder understands that he’s in a contract year and has shown a strong favorability for long-term security with his contractual status. He has chosen teams that offer a multi-year deal over re-signing with his current contending team on a one-year deal.
Ahead of Suns training camp, Crowder tweeted and deleted “99 WON’T BE THERE.!” in response to a tweet that questioned whether he or Cam Johnson will start at the four this season.
At this point, the Suns face a situation where they are primed to rely on Johnson in a larger role. He has shown season-to-season growth and is a former lottery pick.
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If Crowder wants to maximize his outlook for earning potential on his next contract, it does make sense to seek a situation where he can play a large role. Of course, it remains to be seen how accommodating the Suns front office will be in doing so.
Here are three trade scenarios for the Phoenix Suns to move Jae Crowder: