It looks like Jae Crowder’s time with the Phoenix Suns is over. The Suns and Crowder have mutually agreed that Crowder will not attend training camp as the organization seeks a trade for the veteran forward, according to Athleticism. The Suns are scheduled to open training camp on Tuesday, September 27.
Crowder apparently confirmed the report on Twitter.
Crowder has spent the past two seasons with the Suns after signing with the team in November 2020. He helped the Suns reach the NBA Finals in 2021, and he was an integral part of the rotation again. team last season, since he started in all 67 games. of his appearances.
For the season, Crowder averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. He has one year and $10.1 million left on his current contract, and he will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
As a veteran forward capable of spacing the ground on one side and providing versatile, uncompromising defense on the other side, Crowder will likely have several suitors in the trade market. He would provide solid depth to a team with championship aspirations.
As for Phoenix, coach Monty Williams will likely slide Cameron Johnson into the starting position in Crowder’s absence. The Suns will also get forward Dario Saric back. Saric missed the entire 2021-22 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.