Jae Crowder is still awaiting a deal from the Phoenix Suns, now that the forward has publicly commented on his trade request for the first time. It has nothing to do with his planned demotion to the bank, he assured. But he spoke little about the real reasons.
“Honestly, it’s all pretty unfamiliar to me,” Crowder said in an interview with Chris Haynes. TNT:. “I’m in my 11th year in the league and I’ve always attended training camp and started the season with my team. Business basketball is now on its way and changes are coming my way.”
The first trade rumors about Crowder were already circulating over the summer, and shortly before the start of training camp in late September, the franchise announced that the 32-year-old was no longer part of the team, allegedly at Crowder’s request. . The veteran has continued to highlight his desire to move via social media.
Phoenix apparently planned to move Crowder off the bench this season in exchange for giving youngster Cameron Johnson the starting spot. “I don’t want to go into detail yet, but it’s definitely not true that my change request has anything to do with whether I start or not,” Crowder said.
Although he downplayed what he believed to be the real reasons, there is speculation that his trade demand may be related to his contract situation. The forward is in the last year of his contract (salary: $10.2 million) and allegedly insisted on an early extension in the summer. But he didn’t make it in Phoenix.
When and where Crowder will move on remains unclear. Most recently, the Bucks were marketed as potential buyers, and the Miami Heat or Atlanta Hawks have also been linked to the power forward.
He averaged 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds last season on 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.8 percent from three, just below his career averages. Despite the trade demand, there appears to be no bad blood against the Suns franchise. “I’ve had two great years with my teammates and fans in Phoenix. I don’t take it for granted. I am forever grateful for the moments we shared. “.